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New critics' list of top 100 movies has a few surprises

Everything's coming up Rosebud.

In a BBC.com poll of 62 international film critics, Orson Welles' 1941 masterpiece, "Citizen Kane," tops the list of the 100 Greatest American Movies. And while Kane's showing and much of the top 10 ("The Godfather," "Vertigo," "Casablanca") falls under the heading of "round up the usual suspects," there were a few surprises.

David Lynch's 2001 neonoir "Mulholland Drive," for example, came in at 21, while his signature film "Blue Velvet" was 60. "Mulholland Drive" is also one of only six 21st century films on the list, along with "12 Years a Slave" (99), "The Dark Knight" (96), Spike Lee's "25th Hour" (94), "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" (87) and "The Tree of Life" (79).

Alfred Hitchcock, Billy Wilder, Stanley Kubrick and Steven Spielberg had the most films (five each) among directors, though the inclusion of "Marnie" (47) over Hitch's more acclaimed "Strangers on a Train" or "Rear Window" is a head scratcher.

The biggest shocker has to be the just-squeaked-by showing of "Gone With the Wind" at No. 97. Frankly, Scarlett, could it be that after all these years critics don't give a damn about you?

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