The Best Chess Movies

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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  • Searching for Bobby Fischer
    1
    Joe Mantegna, Max Pomeranc, Joan Allen
    238 votes
    • Released: 1993
    • Directed by: Steven Zaillian
    After he beats his dad (Joe Mantegna) in a chess match, Josh Waitzkin (Max Pomeranc), a 7-year-old, gets noticed for his talent. He becomes interested in speed chess at the park and learns the game ...more

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  • Pawn Sacrifice
    2
    Tobey Maguire, Peter Sarsgaard, Liev Schreiber
    139 votes
    • Released: 2014
    • Directed by: Edward Zwick
    American chess legend Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire) and Soviet Grandmaster Boris Spassky (Liev Schreiber) enthrall the world with their intense battle of wills and strategy during the 1972 World ...more

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  • Queen of Katwe
    3
    Madina Nalwanga, David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong'o
    112 votes
    • Released: 2016
    • Directed by: Mira Nair
    Living in the slum of Katwe in Kampala, Uganda, is a constant struggle for 10-year-old Phiona (Madina Nalwanga) and her family. Her world changes one day when she meets Robert Katende (David ...more

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  • Knights of the South Bronx
    4
    Ted Danson, Keke Palmer, Devon Bostick
    88 votes
    • Released: 2005
    • Directed by: Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes
    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 written by ...more