Sure, Citizen Kane is a great classic movie that changed the way stories were told on the big screen, but how often does the average movie fan want to pop it in just to watch for fun on a run-of-the-mill evening? Director Orson Welles' masterpiece has sat atop the British Film Institute's movie critic's poll for five decades, but a new champ has just been voted to the top of charts. This year, Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo was named the greatest film of all time by BFI's Sight & Sound magazine.
The change in the number one spot is largely seen as the result of the magazine opening up the voting to a much larger group of people. While magazine editors only had 145 critics participate in their 2002 poll, they had 846 movie experts participate this year. Also, they included academics, distributors and curators in the mix, and not just movie critics. Watch the Hollywood Dailies Coverage of the story >>