Chess Movies

List of the best chess movies selected by visitors to our site: All Together Now, Critical Thinking, The Goldfinch, The Coldest Game, Fahim, Thoroughbreds, Bel Canto, Leave No Trace, Terminal, Just Getting Started.

In the top there are new films of 2020, a plot description and trailers for films that have already been released.

All Together Now (2020)
Markimdb: 6.5

    An optimistic, talented teen clings to a huge secret: she's homeless and living on a school bus. When tragedy strikes, can she learn to accept a helping hand?

    Critical Thinking (2020)
    Markimdb: 6.4
    CharactersLosers, Teachers
    PlotContests, Chess, On real events
    StyleFascinating, Makes me think

      Based on a true story from 1998, five Latino and Black teenagers from the toughest underserved ghetto in Miami fight their way into the National Chess Championship under the guidance of their unconventional but inspirational teacher.

      The Goldfinch (2019)
      Markimdb: 6.3
      CharactersTeens, Orphans
      PlotArt, Weapon, Mystery, Chess, Cheating
      StyleAtmospheric, Exciting

        A boy in New York is taken in by a wealthy family after his mother is killed in a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In a rush of panic, he steals 'The Goldfinch', a painting that eventually draws him into a world of crime.

        The Coldest Game (2019)
        Markimdb: 6.1
        Genrethriller, history, sport
        CountryPoland, USA
        CharactersSpy, CIA
        PlotRivalry, Political, Chess, Competitions, Fear
        PlaceUSSR, USA
        TimeCold War
        StyleTense, Inspirational, Smart

          During 1962's Cuban missile crisis, a troubled math genius finds himself drafted to play in a U.S.-Soviet chess match -- and a deadly game of espionage.

          Fahim (2019)
          Markimdb: 6.8
          Genrecomedy, drama, biography
          PlotChess, On real events
          StyleAction, Fascinating, Smart, By books

            Fahim Mohammad, a Bangladeshi immigrant, becomes a world junior chess champion in France.

            Thoroughbreds (2018)
            Mark10 (imdb: 6.7)
            Genrethriller, comedy, drama, crime
            CharactersFriends, Dogs, Maids, Horses, Girlfriends
            PlotMoney, Weapon, Computers, Chess, Mental disorders
            PlaceMansions, Party
            StyleExciting, Depressive, Tense, Disturbing

              Two teenage girls in suburban Connecticut rekindle their unlikely friendship after years of growing apart. In the process, they learn that neither is what she seems to be, and that a murder might solve both of their problems.

              Bel Canto (2018)
              Mark9.4 (imdb: 5.4)
              Genrethriller, melodrama, drama, music
              CharactersSingers, Terrorists, Military, Pianists, Businessmen
              PlotHostage, Revolution, Divorce, Soccer, Chess
              StyleExciting, Tense, Fascinating

                A famous opera singer is held hostage in South America by a guerrilla rebel group after performing at a Japanese businessman's lavish birthday party. Unexpected bonds are forged in the standoff that ensues.

                Leave No Trace (2018)
                Mark9.4 (imdb: 7.2)
                CountryUSA, Canada
                CharactersHermits, Family, Veterans, Dogs, Horses, Photographers, Singers
                PlotSurvival, Dancing, Hunger, Snow, Money, Computers, Religious, Chess
                PlaceTrains, Nature

                  A father and daughter live a perfect but mysterious existence in Forest Park, a beautiful nature reserve near Portland, Oregon, rarely making contact with the world. But when a small mistake tips them off to authorities, they are sent on an increasingly erratic journey in search of a place to call their own.

                  Terminal (2018)
                  Mark7 (imdb: 5.4)
                  Genrethriller, drama, crime
                  CountryRepublic of Ireland, United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Hungary, USA
                  CharactersCriminals, Strong women, Hired assassins, Orphans, Teachers, Snipers
                  PlotSeduction, Revenge, Death, Money, Chess
                  StyleFancy, Exciting, Tense, Unexpected ending

                    In the dark heart of a sprawling, anonymous city, two assassins carry out a sinister mission, a teacher battles a fatal illness, and an enigmatic janitor and a curious waitress lead dangerous double lives. Murderous consequences unravel in the dead of night, as their lives intertwine at the hands of a mysterious criminal mastermind who is hell-bent on revenge.

                    Just Getting Started (2017)
                    Mark7 (imdb: 4.5)
                    Genreaction, comedy
                    CharactersMafia, Hired assassins
                    PlotRivalry, Adventure, Snow, Chess
                    PlaceParty, USA
                    TimeNew Year

                      Duke Diver is living the high life as the freewheeling manager of a luxurious resort in Palm Springs, Calif. He soon faces competition from Leo, a former military man who likes the same woman that Duke is interested in. When Diver's past suddenly catches up with him, he must put aside his differences and reluctantly team up with Leo to stop whoever is trying to kill him.

                      Breathe (2017)
                      Mark9.6 (imdb: 7.2)
                      Genremelodrama, drama, biography
                      CountryUnited Kingdom
                      CharactersNewlyweds, Disabled people, Dogs, Horses
                      PlotTime travel, Wedding, Dancing, Love, Money, Chess, Viruses, Loneliness, On real events
                      PlaceEngland, Hotels, Party, Prison, Aircraft
                      StyleTo cry, Heavy, Touching

                        Based on the true story of Robin, a handsome, brilliant and adventurous man whose life takes a dramatic turn when polio leaves him paralyzed.

                        Princess Cyd (2017)
                        Mark7 (imdb: 6.7)
                        Genremelodrama, drama
                        CharactersLesbians, Sisters, Journalists, Gay, Photographers
                        PlotLove, Moving, Dancing, Soccer, Depression, Computers, Religious, Chess
                        PlaceParty, Beach

                          High school athlete Cyd Loughlin lives alone with her depressive father in South Carolina, perpetually longing to get away from it all. When her aunt, famous novelist Miranda Ruth, agrees to host her for a few weeks during the summer, Cyd jumps at the opportunity. While there, she falls for a girl in the neighborhood, even as she and her aunt gently challenge each other in the realms of sex and spirit.

                          Molly's Game (2017)
                          Mark9.6 (imdb: 7.4)
                          Genredrama, crime, biography
                          CountryChina, Canada, USA
                          CharactersMafia, FBI, Lawyers, Celebrities
                          PlotGambling, Snow, Mystery, Chess, On real events
                          PlaceCasino, Court, New York

                            Molly Bloom, a young skier and former Olympic hopeful becomes a successful entrepreneur (and a target of an FBI investigation) when she establishes a high-stakes, international poker game.

                            Magellan (2017)
                            Markimdb: 5.1
                            Genrefantastic, thriller, detective
                            CountryUSA, Australia
                            CharactersScientists, Astronauts
                            PlotArtificial Intelligence, Chess
                            PlaceSpace, Moon

                              After NASA picks up a trio of mysterious signals from within our own solar system, astronaut Roger Nelson is dispatched on a multi-year solo mission aboard the Magellan spacecraft to investigate the sources.

                              The Motive (2017)
                              Markimdb: 6.5
                              Genrecomedy, drama
                              CountrySpain, Mexico
                              CharactersDogs, Old man
                              PlotJealousy, Cheating, Cars, Success, Chess
                              StyleUnexpected ending

                                Álvaro, a man obsessed with the idea of writing what he brands as “high literature,” manipulates the lives and feelings of the people around him to write about the consequences caused by his devious acts.

                                Queen of Katwe (2016)
                                Markimdb: 7.4
                                Genredrama, biography, sport
                                CountryUSA, South Africa
                                CharactersParents, Poor, Childrens
                                PlotHappiness, Dreams, Chess, Supernatural, Fate, Chase, On real events
                                PlaceUSA, Parallel worlds, Small cities
                                StyleLight, Inspirational, Interesting

                                  A young girl overcomes her disadvantaged upbringing in the slums of Uganda to become a Chess master.

                                  Wazir (2016)
                                  Mark10 (imdb: 7.1)
                                  Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime, detective
                                  StyleUnexpected ending, Disturbing

                                    'Wazir' is a tale of two unlikely friends, a wheelchair-bound chess grandmaster and a brave ATS officer. Brought together by grief and a strange twist of fate, the two men decide to help each other win the biggest games of their lives. But there's a mysterious, dangerous opponent lurking in the shadows, who is all set to checkmate them.

                                    Rocky Handsome (2016)
                                    Mark5.6 (imdb: 6.8)
                                    Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
                                    CharactersKillers, Hired assassins, Tough guys
                                    PlotRevenge, Money, Investigation, Chess, Abduction
                                    PlaceNight Clubs

                                      Two bruised hearts, 8-year-old Naomi and Kabir find solace in each other. They are both lonely and nursing psychological scars and mysterious tragedy. Naomi’s mother is a drug addict-peddler and Kabir loses the only person he loves. The talkative kid-next-door becomes the reclusive pawn shop owner’s only reason to live. When her life is endangered, his soul is awakened once again.

                                      Precious Cargo (2016)
                                      Mark7.2 (imdb: 4.6)
                                      Genreaction, thriller, comedy, drama, crime
                                      CharactersDogs, Snipers, Thieves, Tough guys, Warriors, Soldier, Hired assassins, Bodyguards, Criminals
                                      PlotRobbery, Martial Arts, Death, Money, Seduction, Chess
                                      PlaceAircraft, Hotels
                                      StyleUnexpected ending

                                        After a botched heist, Eddie a murderous crime boss, hunts down the seductive thief Karen who failed him. In order to win back Eddie’s trust, Karen recruits her ex-lover and premier thief Jack to steal a cargo of rare precious gems. But when the job goes down, allegiances are betrayed and lines are crossed as Jack, Karen, and Eddie face off in a fateful showdown.

                                        Cartels (2016)
                                        Mark6 (imdb: 3.8)
                                        Genreaction, thriller, crime, detective
                                        CountryUSA, Romania
                                        CharactersMafia, Dogs, Snipers, Tough guys, Warriors, Soldier, Military, Hired assassins, Bodyguards, Special Forces
                                        PlotSurvival, Martial Arts, Death, Motorcycles, Chess
                                        PlaceUSA, Aircraft, Hotels
                                        StyleUnexpected ending

                                          An elite team of DEA agents are assigned to protect a dangerous drug lord and take refuge in a luxury hotel while they await extraction. They soon find themselves at the center of an ambush as the drug lord's former associates launch an explosive assault on the hotel.