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The Best Chess Movies

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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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    Searching for Bobby Fischer
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    Searching for Bobby Fischer

    Ben Kingsley, William H. Macy

    Released1993

    Directed bySteven Zaillian

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    Pawn Sacrifice
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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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Knights of the South Bronx
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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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Bobby Fischer Against The World
    Bobby Fischer Against the World is a documentary feature film that explores the life of the... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Queen of Katwe
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    Queen of Katwe

    Lupita Nyong'o, David Oyelowo

    Directed byMira Nair

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    Queen to Play
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    Queen to Play

    Kevin Kline, Jennifer Beals

    Released2009

    Directed byCaroline Bottaro

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    The Dark Horse
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    The Dark Horse

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    Fresh
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    Fresh

    Samuel L. Jackson, Giancarlo Esposito

    Released1994

    Directed byBoaz Yakin

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    Chess Fever
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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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Computer Chess
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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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Life of a King
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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.Amazon buy button
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    Magnus
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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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Game Over: Kasparov and the Machine
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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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Five Fingers
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    Five Fingers

    Ryan Phillippe, Laurence Fishburne

    Released2006

    Directed byLaurence Malkin

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

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    Brooklyn Castle
    Brooklyn Castle is a 2012 documentary film directed by Katie Dellamaggiore.Amazon buy button
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    Knight Moves
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    Knight Moves

    Diane Lane, Katharine Isabelle

    Released1992

    Directed byCarl Schenkel

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    lang leve de koningin

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    Algorithms
    7
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    Algorithms

    Algorithms is a 2012 documentary film directed by Ian McDonald.Amazon buy button
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    Capablanca

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  • 21
    La Regina Degli Scacchi
    5
    11

    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.Amazon buy button
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    Uncovered
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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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Wicked Blood
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    Wicked Blood

    Sean Bean, Alexa Vega

    Released2014

    Directed byMark Young

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    La partie d'échecs
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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.Amazon buy button
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    Hatley High
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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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button