Director: Orson Welles
Screenwriter: Herman J. Mankiewicz and Orson Welles
Long considered the greatest movie of all time, Citizen Kane also packed one of the greatest twists of all time. Writer, director and star Orson Welles plays Charles Foster Kane, an obscenely rich newspaper magnate who would cycle through possessions and women throughout life without ever finding satisfaction. His dying word "Rosebud" inspires a reporter to discover its meaning, a fruitless search that the audience don't get wise to until the film's very last shot.
We won't give away the meaning of "Rosebud." For that you'll have to check out the last tracking shot, which slowly hovers over Kane's possessions like the film does over his entire life, and then zeroes in an innocent little item that remains the object of his affection. That astonishing moment will vindicate hoarders forever. —Rad S.