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The Best Chess Movies

Updated April 9, 2018 2.1k votes 837 voters 115.2k views27 items

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 Fischer1
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    Searching for Bobby Fischer

    Ben Kingsley, William H. Macy

    Released1993

    Directed bySteven Zaillian

    Searching for Bobby Fischer, released in the United Kingdom as Innocent Moves, is a 1993...  more
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  • Pawn Sacrifice2
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    Pawn Sacrifice

    Liev Schreiber, Tobey Maguire

    Released2014

    Directed byEdward Zwick

    Pawn Sacrifice is an American biographical film directed by Edward Zwick and written by Steven...  more
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  • Game Over: Kasparov and the Machine3
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    Game Over: Kasparov and the Machine

    Garry Kasparov, Anatoly Karpov

    Released2003

    Directed byVikram Jayanti

    Game Over: Kasparov and the Machine is a 2003 documentary film by Vikram Jayanti about the...  more
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  • Queen of Katwe4
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    Queen of Katwe

    Lupita Nyong'o, David Oyelowo

    Released2016

    Directed byMira Nair

    Queen of Katwe is a 2016 American biographical sports drama film directed by Mira Nair. A...  more
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  • Chess Fever5
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    Chess Fever

    Mikhail Zharov, José Raúl Capablanca

    Released1925

    Directed byVsevolod Pudovkin, Nikolai Schpikowski

    Chess Fever is a 1925 Soviet silent comedy film directed by Vsevolod Pudovkin and Nikolai...  more
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  • Bobby Fischer Against The World6
    Bobby Fischer Against the World is a documentary feature film that explores the life of the...  more
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  • Computer Chess7
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    Computer Chess

    Gerald Peary, Wiley Wiggins

    Released2013

    Directed byAndrew Bujalski

    Computer Chess is a 2013 independent comedy-drama film written and directed by Andrew...  more
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  • Life of a King8
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    Life of a King

    Cuba Gooding Jr., Dennis Haysbert

    Released2013

    Directed byJake Goldberger

    Life of a King is a drama film directed by Jake Goldberger....  more
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  • Magnus9
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    Magnus

    Magnus Carlsen, Garry Kasparov

    Released2016

    Directed byBenjamin Ree

    Magnus is a 2016 documentary film directed by Benjamin Ree. The film explores chess...  more
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  • Knights of the South Bronx10
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    Knights of the South Bronx

    Ted Danson, Keke Palmer

    Released2005

    Directed byAlbert Hughes, Allen Hughes

    Knights of the South Bronx is a 2005 TV film about a teacher who helps students at a tough...  more
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  • Five Fingers11
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    Five Fingers

    Ryan Phillippe, Laurence Fishburne

    Released2006

    Directed byLaurence Malkin

    Five Fingers is a 2006 drama/thriller film directed by Laurence Malkin, and written by Chad...  more
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  • 12
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    Capablanca

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  • Through the Golden Ages: the History of Chess13
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    Through the Golden Ages: the History of Chess

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  • The Dark Horse14
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    The Dark Horse

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  • Brooklyn Castle15
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    Brooklyn Castle

    Je'Daiah Ballantyne, Michelle Ballantyne

    Released2012

    Directed byKatie Dellamaggiore

    Brooklyn Castle is a 2012 documentary film directed by Katie Dellamaggiore. Amidst financial...  more
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  • Knight Moves16
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    Knight Moves

    Diane Lane, Katharine Isabelle

    Released1992

    Directed byCarl Schenkel

    Knight Moves is a 1992 American thriller film, directed by Carl Schenkel and written by Brad...  more
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  • La Regina Degli Scacchi17
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    La Regina Degli Scacchi

    Barbora Bobuľová, Ettore Bassi

    Released2001

    Directed byClaudia Florio

    La Regina Degli Scacchi is a 2001 drama film written and directed by Claudia Florio....
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  • 18
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    lang leve de koningin

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  • Queen to Play19
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    Queen to Play

    Kevin Kline, Jennifer Beals

    Released2009

    Directed byCaroline Bottaro

    Queen to Play is a 2009 film directed by Caroline Bottaro....  more
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  • Algorithms20
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    Algorithms

    Algorithms is a 2012 documentary film directed by Ian McDonald....
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  • the seventh seal21
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    the seventh seal

    Max von Sydow, Bibi Andersson

    Released1957

    Directed by Ingmar Bergman

    The Seventh Seal (Swedish: Det sjunde inseglet) is a 1957 Swedish epic historical fantasy film.

    The Seventh Seal is a 1957 Swedish drama-fantasy film written and directed by Ingmar Bergman....  more
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  • La partie d'échecs22
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    La partie d'échecs

    Catherine Deneuve

    Released1994

    Directed byYves Hanchar

    La partie d'échecs is a 1994 film directed by Yves Hanchar....
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  • Wicked Blood23
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    Wicked Blood

    Sean Bean, Alexa Vega

    Released2014

    Directed byMark Young

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  • Uncovered24
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    Uncovered

    Kate Beckinsale, Michael Gough

    Released1994

    Directed byJim McBride

    Uncovered is a 1994 film based on Arturo Pérez-Reverte's The Flanders Panel. It was directed...  more
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  • Hatley High25
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    Hatley High

    Rachelle Lefevre, Nicolas Wright

    Released2003

    Directed byPhil Price

    Hatley High is a 2003 independent comedy film directed by Phil Price and written by Myles...  more
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