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A list of the best chess movies ever made, ranked by movie fans with film trailers when available. This chess movie list is ordered by popularity, so only the greatest movies about chess are at the top of the list. If there are any great movies about chess you believe we missed, please feel free to add them to the list yourself. The films on this list are the most famous chess movies of all time, so use it to find some movies that you haven't seen already. Click on these chess movie titles for more information about the films.

List is made up of many different items, including The Luzhin Defence and Game Over: Kasparov and the Machine.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best chess movies?" and "What is the greatest chess movie of all time?"

Various bits of information are included with these popular chess movies, such as who directed them, when they were released and who starred in the films. Whether you're watching these chess movies on DVD, Blu-ray or streaming, these good chess movies can be enjoyed no matter what.
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Ben Kingsley, William H. Macy, Laurence Fishburne
Searching for Bobby Fischer, released in the United Kingdom as Innocent Moves, is a 1993 American drama film written and directed by Steven Zaillian. The film was his directorial debut, and ...more

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Rob Hartelt added Liev Schreiber, Tobey Maguire, Peter Sarsgaard
Pawn Sacrifice is an American biographical film directed by Edward Zwick and written by Steven Knight. The film stars Tobey Maguire as Bobby Fischer, Liev Schreiber as Boris Spassky, and Lily ...more

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Queen of Katwe is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Chess Movies
Rob Hartelt added Lupita Nyong'o, David Oyelowo, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine
Queen of Katwe is a 2016 American biographical sports drama film directed by Mira Nair. A Ugandan girl (Madina Nalwanga) sees her world rapidly change after being introduced to the game of

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Ted Danson, Keke Palmer, Devon Bostick
Knights of the South Bronx is a 2005 TV film about a teacher who helps students at a tough inner-city school to succeed by teaching them to play chess. It was directed by Allen Hughes and ...more

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Rob Hartelt added Life of a King Cuba Gooding Jr., Dennis Haysbert, Lisa Gay Hamilton
Life of a King is a drama film directed by Jake Goldberger.

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Bobby Fischer Against the World is a documentary feature film that explores the life of the late chess Grandmaster and 11th World Champion Bobby Fischer. It incorporates interviews with chess ...more

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Game Over: Kasparov and the Machine Garry Kasparov, Anatoly Karpov
Game Over: Kasparov and the Machine is a 2003 documentary film by Vikram Jayanti about the match between Garry Kasparov, the highest rated chess player in history and the World Champion for 15 ...more

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John Turturro, Emily Watson, Orla Brady
The Luzhin Defence is a 2000 film directed by Marleen Gorris, starring John Turturro and Emily Watson. The film centres on a mentally tormented chess grandmaster and the young woman he meets ...more

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Magnus is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Chess Movies
Fabrice Wantiez added Magnus Magnus Carlsen, Garry Kasparov, Viswanathan Anand
Magnus is a 2016 documentary film directed by Benjamin Ree. The film explores chess grandmaster Magnus Carlsen's rise to the top.

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Pasion Ajedrez added Gerald Peary, Wiley Wiggins, Kevin Bewersdorf
Computer Chess is a 2013 independent comedy-drama film written and directed by Andrew Bujalski. The film premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Alfred P. Sloan Feature ...more

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Rob Hartelt added Kevin Kline, Jennifer Beals, Sandrine Bonnaire
Queen to Play is a 2009 film directed by Caroline Bottaro.

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Lee Kirby added Mikhail Zharov, José Raúl Capablanca, Boris Barnet
Chess Fever is a 1925 Soviet silent comedy film directed by Vsevolod Pudovkin and Nikolai Shpikovsky. Chess Fever is a comedy about the Moscow 1925 chess tournament, made by Pudovkin during the ...more

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Samuel L. Jackson, Giancarlo Esposito, N'Bushe Wright
Fresh is a 1994 film written and directed by Boaz Yakin in his film directorial debut, also produced by Randy Oslow and Lawrence Bender. It was scored by Stewart Copeland, a member of The ...more

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Brooklyn Castle is a 2012 documentary film directed by Katie Dellamaggiore.

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the seventh seal is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Chess Movies
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Diane Lane, Katharine Isabelle, Daniel Baldwin
Knight Moves is a 1992 American thriller film, directed by Carl Schenkel and written by Brad Mirman, about a chess grandmaster who is accused of several grisly murders.

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Ryan Phillippe, Laurence Fishburne, Gina Torres
Five Fingers is a 2006 drama/thriller film directed by Laurence Malkin, and written by Chad Thumann and Malkin. The film had ten producers, including actor Laurence Fishburne, who stars ...more

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Isla Fisher, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Laura Vandervoort
The Lookout is a 2007 film written and directed by Scott Frank, screenwriter of Out of Sight and Get Shorty, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jeff Daniels, Matthew Goode, and Isla Fisher. The ...more

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shamir-allibhai added Through the Golden Ages: the History of Chess

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Capablanca is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Chess Movies
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Pasion Ajedrez added La Regina Degli Scacchi Barbora Bobuľová, Ettore Bassi, Toni Bertorelli
La Regina Degli Scacchi is a 2001 drama film written and directed by Claudia Florio.

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Mischa van den Ouweland added Algorithms
Algorithms is a 2012 documentary film directed by Ian McDonald.

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Lee Kirby added Mark Strong, William Hurt, Chiwetel Ejiofor
Endgame is a 2009 British film directed by Pete Travis from a script by Paula Milne, based upon the book The Fall of Apartheid by Robert Harvey. The film is produced by Daybreak Pictures and ...more

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lang leve de koningin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Chess Movies
Pasion Ajedrez added lang leve de koningin