Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Vertigo’ named Greatest Film of All Time

The suspense flick has toppled 'Citizen Kane' from top of the BFI poll

Alfred Hitchcock‘s 1958 thriller Vertigo has been named the Greatest Film of All Time.

The British Film Institute’s Sight and Sound magazine surveyed 846 film experts, including critics, academics, distributors and writers, to arrive at the result.

The magazine has run the poll every decade since 1962. This is the first time in which Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane has not topped the list. Citizen Kane was pushed into second place by 36 votes.


Other films to make the Top 10 include 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Searchers and 8 ½. Sergei Eisenstein’s 1925 film Battleship Potemkin fell out of the Top 10 for the first time in the history of the poll.

The Top 10 Greatest Films of All Time are:

1. Vertigo (Hitchcock, 1958)
2. Citizen Kane (Welles, 1941)
3. Tokyo Story (Ozu, 1953)
4. La Règle du jeu (Renoir, 1939)
5. Sunrise: A Song for Two Humans (Murnau, 1927)
6. 2001: A Space Odyssey (Kubrick, 1968)
7. The Searchers (Ford, 1956)
8. Man With a Movie Camera (Dziga Vertov, 1929)
9. The Passion of Joan of Arc (Dreyer, 1927)
10. 8 ½ (Fellini, 1963)

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