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'Vertigo' bumps 'Citizen Kane' from top spot in poll of best movies of all time

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Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak starred in "Vertigo," which bumped "Citizen Kane" from the top spot in Sight & Sound magazine's best film poll.

"Citizen Kane" has long sat atop many critics' best movies of all time lists. Just like The Beatles for music or "The Great Gatsby" for books, it's become such a top-10-list fixture that it's hard to remember a time when its rank was questioned.

Until now. Orson Welles' 1941 classic has topped the Sight & Sound magazine poll for 50 years, but in the latest poll, Alfred Hitchcock's 1958 psychological thriller "Vertigo" took the No. 1 spot.

While Americans may not know the magazine, a monthly published by the British Film Institute, Roger Ebert has called its best-film poll, "the only one most serious movie people take seriously." Movies are voted for by an international group of film experts.

The magazine notes that "Vertigo" only entered the list's top 10 in 1982, but has "risen steadily in esteem over the course of 30 years." It goes on to wonder whether "the first poll to be conducted since the Internet became almost certainly the main channel of communication about films – mark a revolution in taste, such as happened in 1962 (when "Kane" topped the list for the first time)?"


The top 10 films on the list are:

1. "Vertigo"
2. "Citizen Kane"
3. "Tokyo Story"
4. "La Regle du jeu"
5. "Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans"
6. "2001: A Space Odyssey"
7. "The Searchers"
8. "Man with a Movie Camera"
9. "The Passion of Joan of Arc"
10. "8 1/2"

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