18 Best Chess Movies_(Updated_2022)

by sdteser | created - 13 May 2021 | updated - 2 months ago | Public

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1. The Queen's Gambit (2020)

TV-MA | 395 min | Drama

Orphaned at the tender age of nine, prodigious introvert Beth Harmon discovers and masters the game of chess in 1960s USA. But child stardom comes at a price.

Stars: Anya Taylor-Joy, Chloe Pirrie, Bill Camp, Marcin Dorocinski

Votes: 422,937

2. Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993)

PG | 109 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

89 Metascore

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

Director: Steven Zaillian | Stars: Joe Mantegna, Ben Kingsley, Max Pomeranc, Joan Allen

Votes: 40,252 | Gross: $7.27M

3. Queen of Katwe (2016)

PG | 124 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

73 Metascore

A Ugandan girl sees her world rapidly change after being introduced to the game of chess.

Director: Mira Nair | Stars: Madina Nalwanga, David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong'o, Martin Kabanza

Votes: 17,372 | Gross: $8.81M

4. The Dark Horse (2014)

R | 124 min | Biography, Drama

77 Metascore

A brilliant but troubled New Zealand chess champion finds purpose by teaching underprivileged children about the rules of chess and life.

Director: James Napier Robertson | Stars: Cliff Curtis, James Rolleston, Kirk Torrance, James Napier Robertson

Votes: 6,287 | Gross: $0.06M

5. Queen to Play (2009)

Unrated | 101 min | Drama

70 Metascore

A chambermaid on Corsica is obsessed with chess after seeing a US expat play it lovingly with l'Américaine. She cleans his house and now also plays with him on Tuesdays.

Director: Caroline Bottaro | Stars: Sandrine Bonnaire, Kevin Kline, Francis Renaud, Jennifer Beals

Votes: 3,016 | Gross: $0.48M

6. The Luzhin Defence (2000)

PG-13 | 109 min | Drama, Romance

64 Metascore

Two worlds collide when an eccentric genius falls in love with a strong-willed society beauty.

Director: Marleen Gorris | Stars: John Turturro, Emily Watson, Geraldine James, Stuart Wilson

Votes: 4,494 | Gross: $1.05M

7. Brooklyn Castle (2012)

PG | 101 min | Documentary

77 Metascore

Amidst financial crises and unprecedented public school budget cuts, Brooklyn Castle takes an intimate look at the challenges and triumphs facing members of a junior high school's champion chess team.

Director: Katie Dellamaggiore | Stars: Je'Daiah Ballantyne, Michelle Ballantyne, Rochelle Ballantyne, Pamela Ballard

Votes: 979 | Gross: $0.22M

8. Life of a King (2013)

PG-13 | 100 min | Drama

52 Metascore

Ex-felon, Eugene Brown, establishes a Chess Club for inner city teenagers in Washington, D.C.

Director: Jake Goldberger | Stars: Cuba Gooding Jr., Dennis Haysbert, George Dick, Thurston Hill III

Votes: 6,571 | Gross: $0.01M

9. Pawn Sacrifice (2014)

PG-13 | 115 min | Biography, Drama, History

65 Metascore

Set during the Cold War, American chess prodigy Bobby Fischer finds himself caught between two superpowers and his own struggles as he challenges the Soviet Empire.

Director: Edward Zwick | Stars: Tobey Maguire, Liev Schreiber, Peter Sarsgaard, Michael Stuhlbarg

Votes: 45,436 | Gross: $2.44M

10. Critical Thinking (2020)

Not Rated | 117 min | Drama

65 Metascore

The true story of the Miami Jackson High School chess team which was the first inner city team to win the U.S. National Chess Championship.

Director: John Leguizamo | Stars: John Leguizamo, Rachel Bay Jones, Michael Kenneth Williams, Corwin C. Tuggles

Votes: 1,773

11. Fresh (1994)

R | 114 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

81 Metascore

Death and violence anger a twelve-year-old drug courier, who sets his employers against each other.

Director: Boaz Yakin | Stars: Sean Nelson, Giancarlo Esposito, Samuel L. Jackson, N'Bushe Wright

Votes: 13,440 | Gross: $8.09M

12. Bobby Fischer Against the World (2011)

TV-14 | 93 min | Documentary, Biography, History

76 Metascore

'Bobby Fischer Against the World' is a documentary feature exploring the tragic and bizarre life of the late chess master Bobby Fischer. The drama of Bobby Fischer's career was undeniable, ... See full summary »

Director: Liz Garbus | Stars: Bobby Fischer, David Edmonds, Anthony Saidy, Susan Polgar

Votes: 7,183

13. The Tournament (2015)

83 min | Drama, Sport

Budapest International Chess Tournament. The most likely winner: Cal Fournier (22), French champion, immature genius, socially awkward, compulsive player. But this time, an unusual 9-... See full summary »

Director: Elodie Namer | Stars: Michelangelo Passaniti, Lou de Laâge, Magne-Håvard Brekke, Viktoria Kozlova

Votes: 468

14. Magnus (2016)

78 min | Documentary

52 Metascore

Magnus Carlsen, Norwegian chess prodigy, becomes a grandmaster at age 13 and world champion in 2013.

Director: Benjamin Ree | Stars: Magnus Carlsen, Garry Kasparov, Viswanathan Anand

Votes: 2,409 | Gross: $0.01M

15. The Chessplayer (2017)

98 min | Drama, History, War

Leaping from Spain's Civil War to Nazi occupied France, this period drama follows a chess master who is falsely accused of being a spy and sent to a Paris based SS prison.

Director: Luis Oliveros | Stars: Marc Clotet, Melina Matthews, Alejo Sauras, Lionel Auguste

Votes: 738

16. A Little Game (2014)

PG | 92 min | Adventure, Family

A young girl finding her way around the city and her own life through chess lessons. This is also about being open to all the clues about your life and your options that surround you everyday.

Director: Evan Oppenheimer | Stars: F. Murray Abraham, Ralph Macchio, Olympia Dukakis, Janeane Garofalo

Votes: 620

17. Knights of the South Bronx (2005 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 89 min | Drama

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.

Director: Allen Hughes | Stars: Ted Danson, Malcolm David Kelley, Keke Palmer, Clifton Powell

Votes: 1,080

18. The Royal Game (2021)

110 min | Drama, Thriller, War

To withstand the psychological torture of the Gestapo, a lawyer imprisoned by the Nazis finds refuge in the world of chess.

Director: Philipp Stölzl | Stars: Oliver Masucci, Dieter Bernhardt, Elias Gabele, Birgit Minichmayr

Votes: 1,976



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