Beginning in 1952, Sight & Sound magazine has assembled, once every decade, a list of the greatest films of all time as voted by film professionals worldwide. Today, the magazine revealed the 2012 results which place Alfred Hitchock’s 1958 masterpiece Vertigo as their top film of all time.
Vertigo, which began appearing on the magazine’s list in 1982, has climbed higher and higher each passing decade and now overthrows the reigning champ, Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane, which has held the top spot in all but the very first iteration of the poll.
The full top ten reads as follows:
01. Vertigo (Alfred Hitchock)
02. Citizen Kane (Orson Welles)
03. Tokyo Story (Yasujirô Ozu)
04. The Rules of the Game (Jean Renoir)
05. Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (F.W. Murnau)
06. 2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick)
07. The Searchers (John Ford)
08. Man with a Movie Camera (Dziga Vertov)
09. The Passion of Joan of Arc (Carl Theodore Dreyer)
10. 8½ (Federico Fellini)
Click here to read Sight & Sound‘s full top 50 for 2012.