Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo has overthrown Citizen Kane as the greatest film of all time, according to British magazine Sight & Sound. Citizen Kane had previously held the top spot since 1962.
While most polls like this are typically irrelevant, Browbeat notes:
The Sight & Sound poll was compiled from the top-ten lists of 846 critics, programmers, academics and other movie-lovers, who together nominated more than 2,000 different films. Sight & Sound determines no criteria for “greatest,” suggesting only that “You might choose the ten films you feel are most important to film history, or the ten that represent the aesthetic pinnacles of achievement, or indeed the ten films that have had the biggest impact on your own view of cinema.” The poll is generally considered to be the most respected and the best barometer of changes to the canon over time. Roger Ebert wrote in 2002, “it is by far the most respected of the countless polls of great movies—the only one most serious movie people take seriously.”
Other films to crack the top ten include: 8 ½, The Passion of Joan of Arc, Man with a Movie Camera, The Searchers, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans, La Règle du jeu, Tokyo Story, Citizen Kane, Vertigo.
Of those, I’d say The Searchers, Vertigo, and 2001 are my most favorite. The real question is when is Shawshank going to make the list?