Chess Movies

List of the best chess movies selected by visitors to our site: Cartels, A Twelve-Year Night, Thoroughbreds, The Goldfinch, Magellan, Having You, Paterson, By the Sea, Let's Sin, Dismissed.

In the top there are new films of 2021, a plot description and trailers for films that have already been released.

Cartels (2016)
Markimdb: 3.8
Genreaction, thriller, crime
CountryUSA, Monaco, Romania
CharactersDogs, Snipers, Mafia, Gangsters, Special Forces
PlotSurvival, Martial Arts, Chess, Motorcycles, Death
PlaceAircraft, Kitchen, Hotels, USA
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.

A Twelve-Year Night (2018)
Markimdb: 7.5
Genredrama, crime, biography, history
CountryUruguay, Spain, Argentina, France, Germany
PlotOn real events, Chess, Political, Rivalry
StylePsychological problems, Action, By books, Fascinating

Uruguay, 1973. Having been crushed by the military dictatorship, surviving members of the Tupamaro guerillas are imprisoned and tortured. They must find a way to endure the coming 12 years.

Thoroughbreds (2018)
Markimdb: 6.7
Genrecomedy, drama, crime
CharactersDogs, Teens, Horses, Friends, Girlfriends
PlotChess, Money, Friendship, Mental disorders, Weapon
PlaceParty, Mansions
StyleExciting, Tense, Depressive, 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.

The Goldfinch (2019)
Markimdb: 6.3
CharactersTeens, Orphans
PlotChess, Friendship, Weapon, Art, Swimming
StyleExciting, Atmospheric

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.

Magellan (2017)
Markimdb: 5.1
Genrefantastic, thriller, detective
CountryUSA, Australia
CharactersScientists, Astronauts
PlotChess, Artificial Intelligence
PlaceSpace, Spaceships, Moon
StyleExciting, Tense, For men, Disturbing

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.

Having You (2013)
Markimdb: 6.4
Genrecomedy, drama
CountryUnited Kingdom
CharactersRabbits, Family, Alcoholics, Friends, Terminally ill
PlotLove, Chess, Relationship, Death, Cancer
PlaceEngland, Hospitals
StyleLight, Touching, Disturbing

Jack has finally managed to propose to his infertile girlfriend when his life is turned upside down by the arrival of an old one-night stand that introduces him to his seven year old son.

Paterson (2016)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
CountryFrance, Germany, USA
CharactersDogs, Twins, Poets, Bartenders, Actors
PlotMagic, Chess, Money, Weapon, Everyday life
StyleNetflix, Soulful, Philosophical

A week in the life of a bus driver and poet named Paterson, and his supportive wife Laura.

By the Sea (2015)
Markimdb: 5.3
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryFrance, Malta, USA
CharactersDogs, Writers, Photographers
PlotDancing, Time travel, Chess, Motorcycles, Depression
PlaceSea, Village, France, Hotels

Set in France during the mid-1970s, Vanessa, a former dancer, and her husband Roland, an American writer, travel the country together. They seem to be growing apart, but when they linger in one quiet, seaside town they begin to draw close to some of its more vibrant inhabitants, such as a local bar/café-keeper and a hotel owner.

Let's Sin (2014)
Markimdb: 7.8
Genreaction, drama, crime, detective
PlotChess, Investigation, Mystery

Selman is a former boxer who once was interested in anthropology, an extraordinary imam who now works in a mosque. One day, while praying in the mosque, gunshots are echoed. One of the people inside collapses and dies. The police come to the scene and collect the first evidence and start the investigation process. He takes action after this event and decides to resolve the case through some people and circumstances he suspects. Every clue leads to an unexpected point and the events become increasingly mysterious.

Dismissed (2017)
Markimdb: 5.7
Genrethriller, drama
CharactersTeens, Serial killers, Teachers, Pupils, Alcoholics
PlotChess, Abduction, Fight, Investigation, Death
StylePsychological problems, Heavy, Disturbing

A straight-edged teacher finds trouble when an honors student is willing to do anything to get an A.

Princess Cyd (2017)
Markimdb: 6.7
Genremelodrama, drama
CharactersTeens, Lesbians, Gay, Journalists, Photographers
PlotLove, Dancing, Soccer, Chess, Friendship
PlaceParty, Kitchen, Beach
StyleRomantic, Soulful, Fascinating, Touching

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.

The Coldest Game (2019)
Markimdb: 6.2
Genrethriller, history, sport
CountryPoland, USA
CharactersCIA, Spy
PlotChess, Political, Fear, Competitions, Rivalry
TimeCold War
StyleInspirational, Smart, Tense

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.

Chloe and Theo (2015)
Markimdb: 5.9
Genrecomedy, drama
CountryCanada, USA
CharactersStrong women
PlotRobbery, Chess, Friendship, Death, Snow
PlaceAircraft, New York
StyleAction, Light, Fascinating

A young woman, Chloe, living by her wits on the streets of New York City, has a chance meeting with a wise Inuit Eskimo, Theo, who was sent to New York by his elders to provide a message to the people of the world – We either change our destructive was or be destroyed by them. Chloe, who has been searching for something to believe in, becomes inspired by Theo and , with the help of a kind lawyer, Monica, the three of them present Theo’s story to the United Nations in hopes of creating a better future for all of us.

Molly's Game (2017)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genredrama, crime, biography
CountryUSA, Canada, China
CharactersMafia, Gangsters, Scammers, FBI, Lawyers
PlotOn real events, Gambling, Chess, Poker, Money
PlaceCourt, Casino, 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.

Son of Cain (2013)
Markimdb: 6.1
CharactersTeens, Psychologists
PlotChess, Cheating
StylePsychological problems, Action, By books, Serious, Disturbing

Nico Albert is a very peculiar character teenager, with exceptional intelligence and a single obsession: chess. His parents, concerned about the anomalous attitude of his son, child psychologist hired Julio Beltran. Through therapy and common hobby chess, Julio will delve into the disturbing world of Nico and the complex relationships of this seemingly normal family.

Night Moves (1975)
Markimdb: 7.1
Genrethriller, crime, detective, film noir
CharactersTeens, Spy
PlotChess, Investigation, Loneliness, Missing people
StyleAction, Smart, Tense, Makes me think, Serious

Private detective and former football player Harry Moseby gets hired on to what seems a standard missing person case, as a former Hollywood actress whose only major roles came thanks to being married to a studio mogul wants Moseby to find and return her daughter. Harry travels to Florida to find her, but he begins to see a connection between the runaway girl, the world of Hollywood stuntmen, and a suspicious mechanic when an unsolved murder comes to light.

Out of Reach (2004)
Markimdb: 4
Genreaction, thriller, melodrama, drama, crime
CountryPoland, United Kingdom
CharactersSpy, Special agents, Orphans
PlotMartial Arts, Chess, Friendship
StyleAction, Fascinating, Tense, Serious, For men

Vietnam veteran Billy Ray Lancing, a former CSA agent who now works on a wildlife refuge in Northern Alaska, has been exchanging letters in a pen-pal relationship with Irina Morawska, a 13-year-old orphaned girl in Poland that he's helping out financially. When the letters suddenly stop coming, Billy heads to Poland to figure out why -- only to discover that the orphanage that Irina was staying in, which is financed by honest -- and unsuspecting -- good-intentioned Samaritans, is a cover for a human trafficking network.

In the Forests of Siberia (2016)
Markimdb: 7
Genredrama, adventure
CharactersBears, Deer
PlotOn real events, Time travel, Adventure, Chess, Motorcycles
PlaceNature, Siberia, Helicopters, Lake
StylePsychological problems, By books, Fascinating, Makes me think

Fed up with the hectic, senseless world he lives in, Teddy decides to settle down alone in Siberia, in the midst of winter, in a hut by the shore of Lake Baikal. After an initial period of elation in front of the splendor and magic of unspoiled nature, Teddy soon finds himself confronted with the less glossy side of things : solitude, extreme cold, the necessity to find food, danger... One night Teddy gets lost in a blizzard and would be doomed to a certain death, were it not for Aleksei, a Russian convict living hidden away in the forest nearby, who rescues him in extremis. Friendship soon blossoms between the two men...

Precious Cargo (2016)
Markimdb: 4.6
Genreaction, thriller, comedy
CharactersDogs, Snipers, Gangsters, Hired assassins, Thieves
PlotRobbery, Martial Arts, Chess, Skirmishes, Fight
PlaceAircraft, Hotels, USA
StyleUnexpected ending, Exciting, Action, Fascinating

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.

Wazir (2016)
Markimdb: 7.1
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime, detective
PlotChess, Skirmishes, Motorcycles, Friendship, Chase
PlaceHospitals, India
StyleUnexpected ending, Action, Fascinating, Tense, Serious

'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.