Chess Movies

List of the best chess movies selected by visitors to our site: Pawn Sacrifice, The Luzhin Defence, Knights of the South Bronx, Fahim, Queen of Katwe, Searching for Bobby Fischer, The Coldest Game, Critical Thinking, Bobby Fischer Against the World, Life of a King.

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Genre
Country
Pawn Sacrifice (2015)
Markimdb: 7
Genrethriller, drama, biography, sport
CountryUSA
Duration01:55

American chess champion Bobby Fischer prepares for a legendary match-up against Russian Boris Spassky.

The Luzhin Defence (2000)
Markimdb: 6.9
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryUnited Kingdom, France
Duration02:08

Based upon the novel by Vladimir Nabokov, a chess grandmaster travels to Italy in the 1920s to play in a tournament and falls in love.

Knights of the South Bronx (2005)
Markimdb: 6.8
Genredrama
CountryUSA

A business man decides that he wants to teach school in the inner city and chooses a tough school in the South Bronx. He teaches the children how to play the game of chess, and along the way they learn a lot about life.

Fahim (2019)
Markimdb: 6.8
Genrecomedy, drama, biography
CountryFrance

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

Queen of Katwe (2016)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genredrama, biography, sport
CountryUSA
Duration02:35

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

Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genredrama, biography
CountryUSA
Duration01:49

A prepubescent chess prodigy refuses to harden himself in order to become a champion like the famous but unlikable Bobby Fischer.

The Coldest Game (2019)
Markimdb: 6.2
Genrethriller, history, sport
CountryPoland, USA

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.

Critical Thinking (2020)
Markimdb: 6.4
Genredrama
CountryUSA

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.

Bobby Fischer Against the World (2011)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genredocumentary, biography, history, sport
CountryUSA, United Kingdom
Duration01:33

The first documentary feature to explore the tragic and bizarre life of the late chess master Bobby Fischer.

Life of a King (2013)
Markimdb: 6.9
Genredrama
CountryUSA

Life of a King is the true story of one man's mission to give inner city kids of Washington DC something he never had - a future. After being incarcerated for eighteen years, Eugene Brown established the Big Chair Chess Club to get kids off the streets and working towards lives they never believed they were capable of. This is his inspirational story.

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Queen to Play (2009)
Markimdb: 6.9
Genredrama
CountryFrance, Germany
Duration01:40

In a small Corsican village, the life of Hélène, ordinary and single, She works as a maid in a hotel and is married happily with her Husband Ange and her fifteen year-old daughter. Her modest and monotonous life seems to be predetermined... One day while cleaning a hotel room, she meets a young, seductive, American couple which is playing a game of chess. First fascinated and then passionate about the game, Hélène learns with great tenacity she studies the rule of the game to perfection. She can count on Dr. Kröger, who is a mysterious inhabitant, to help her to achieve her goals. But this positive transition towards a liberty for Hélène does not go about without deeply changing her relationship with family, friends and inhabitants of the village.

Fresh (1994)
Markimdb: 7.6
Genrethriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA, France
Duration01:54

Michael is a 12-year-old drug pusher who lives in a crowded house with his cousins and aunt. His father has become a street bum, but still meets with Fresh on occasion to play chess. Fresh is rather quiet in a crazy world. Fresh's sister is a junkie who sleeps with the dealers that Fresh sells for. As the story progresses Fresh realizes that he doesn't want to sell drugs anymore, he wants revenge.

The Chess Game (1994)
Markimdb: 6.2
Genredrama
CountryBelgium, France, Luxembourg
Duration01:46

In 19th century, a disillusioned priest helps a young boy drifter who's a chess wunderkind to move on up in life and social structures using his talent. Years later, he's a success, but game of life and love has higher stakes than chess.

Dangerous Moves (1984)
Markimdb: 6.8
Genrethriller, drama, sport
CountryFrance, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg

World Chess Champion Akiva Liebskind (Michel Piccoli) faces his former pupil Pavius Fromm (Alexandre Arbatt), who defected to the West from the Soviet Union five years earlier, for the World Chess Championship in Geneva, Switzerland. The tension and strategies between the players draw parallels to the political conflicts and ideologies between East and West during the Cold War.

Champion of the World (2021)
Mark
Genredrama

Some sporting victories are about more than just claiming a title. Some of them go down in history. The film follows the most dramatic and legendary showdown in the history of chess – the match between Anatoly Karpov, then world champion, and Viktor Korchnoi, a recent emigrant from the USSR. In this battle between two outstanding chess players, a duel of personalities under immense psychological pressure, the stakes are incomprehensibly high.

The Royal Game (2021)
Genrethriller, drama
CountryGermany, Austria

1938. While the Nazi troops march into Vienna, the lawyer Josef Bartok hastily tries to escape to the USA with his wife but is arrested by the Gestapo. Bartok remains steadfast and refuses to cooperate with the Gestapo that requires confidential information from him. Thrown into solitary confinement, Bartok is psychologically tormented for months and begins to weaken. However, when he steals an old book about chess it sets him on course to overcome the mental suffering inflicted upon him, until it becomes a dangerous obsession.

Leave No Trace (2018)
Markimdb: 7.2
Genredrama
CountryUSA, Canada
Duration02:34

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.

American Fable (2017)
Markimdb: 5.9
Genrethriller
CountryUSA
Duration02:10

When 11-year-old Gitty discovers that her father, Abe, a good and beloved farmer, is holding a wealthy man hostage in their abandoned silo in order to save their suffering farm, she befriends the captive in secret. As the truth unfolds about who he is and what will happen if he escapes, Gitty chooses to confront the thin line between reality and fiction.

Dismissed (2017)
Markimdb: 5.7
Genrethriller, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:45

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

Paterson (2016)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
CountryFrance, Germany, USA
Duration02:35

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

Princess Cyd (2017)
Markimdb: 6.7
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:57

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)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genredrama, crime, biography
CountryUSA, Canada, China
Duration02:08

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.

Computer Chess (2013)
Markimdb: 6.3
Genrecomedy
CountryUSA

Set over the course of a weekend tournament for chess software programmers thirty-some years ago, COMPUTER CHESS transports viewers to a nostalgic moment when the contest between technology and the human spirit seemed a little more up for grabs. We get to know the eccentric geniuses possessed with the vision to teach a metal box to defeat man, literally, at his own game, laying the groundwork for artificial intelligence as we know it and will come to know it in the future.

By the Sea (2015)
Markimdb: 5.3
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryFrance, Malta, USA
Duration01:11

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.

Supernova (2000)
Markimdb: 4.9
Genrefantastic, action, thriller
CountryUSA, Luxembourg
Duration01:31

Set in the 22nd century, when a battered salvage ship sends out a distress signal, the seasoned crew of the rescue hospital ship Nova-17 responds. What they find is a black hole--that threatens to destroy both ships--and a mysterious survivor whose body quickly mutates into a monstrous and deadly form.

The Joy Luck Club (1993)
Markimdb: 7.7
Genredrama
CountryUSA, China
Duration02:19

Through a series of flashbacks, four young chinese women born in America and their respective mothers born in feudal China, explore their past. This search will help them understand their difficult mother/daughter relationship.

The Goldfinch (2019)
Markimdb: 6.3
Genredrama
CountryUSA
Duration02:22

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.

Matchstick Men (2003)
Markimdb: 7.3
Genrethriller, comedy, drama, crime
CountryUSA, United Kingdom
Duration01:56

A phobic con artist and his protege are on the verge of pulling off a lucrative swindle when the con artist's teenage daughter arrives unexpectedly.

Uncanny (2015)
Markimdb: 6.2
Genrehorror, fantastic, thriller, drama
CountryUSA
Duration02:06

For ten years, inventor David Kressen has lived in seclusion with his inventions, including Adam, a robot with incredible lifelike human qualities. When reporter Joy Andrews is given access to their unconventional facility, she is alternately repelled and attracted to the scientist and his creation. But as Adam exhibits emergent behavior of anger and jealousy towards her, she finds herself increasingly entangled in a web of deception where no one’s motives are easily decipherable.

The Map of Tiny Perfect Things (2021)
Markimdb: 6.8
Genrefantasy, comedy, melodrama
CountryUSA

The film tells the story of quick-witted teen Mark, contentedly living the same day in an endless loop whose world is turned upside-down when he meets mysterious Margaret also stuck in the time loop. Mark and Margaret form a magnetic partnership, setting out to find all the tiny things that make that one day perfect. What follows is a love story with a fantastical twist, as the two struggle to figure out how -- and whether -- to escape their never-ending day.




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