Best Chess movies

Pawn Sacrifice(2014)

Combined Rating:
73
Combined Critics Rating: 69

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.



Queen of Katwe(2016)

Combined Rating:
71
Combined Critics Rating: 78

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



Computer Chess(2013)

Combined Rating:
57
Combined Critics Rating: 68

A 1980s-set story centered around a man vs. machine chess tournament.



The Dark Horse(2014)

Combined Rating:
57
Combined Critics Rating: 66

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



The Luzhin Defence(2000)

Combined Rating:
53
Combined Critics Rating: 61

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



Joueuse(2009)

Combined Rating:
46
Combined Critics Rating: 56

Middle-aged chambermaid Hélène's newfound obsession with the game of chess leads her to seek the tutelage of a reclusive American expat, transforming both of their ho-hum lives in the ...



Searching for Bobby Fischer(1993)

Combined Rating:
41
Combined Critics Rating: 22

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



Life of a King(2013)

Combined Rating:
38
Combined Critics Rating: 34

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



Critical Thinking(2020)

Combined Rating:
38
Combined Critics Rating: 50

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.



Fresh(1994)

Combined Rating:
34
Combined Critics Rating: 20

Death and violence anger a 12-year-old drug courier, who puts his employer's against each other.



Frankie and Johnny Are Married(2003)

Combined Rating:
24
Combined Critics Rating: 34

Television director and producer Michael Pressman mounts a production of Frankie and Johnny in the Clare de Lune starring his wife, Lisa Chess. But their attempts to stage the play and work...



Knight Moves(1992)

Combined Rating:
18
Combined Critics Rating: 2

A chess grandmaster is in a big tournament, and when his lover is found painted up and the blood drained out of her body he becomes a chief suspect. After he gets a call from the killer ...



The Coldest Game(2019)

Combined Rating:
15
Combined Critics Rating: 0

During 1962's Cuban missile crisis, a troubled math genius finds himself drafted to play in a U.S.-Soviet chess match -- and a deadly game of espionage.



5150 rue des Ormes(2009)

Combined Rating:
10
Combined Critics Rating: 0

5150 ELM'S WAY is located at the end of a quiet street in a small town. When Yannick fell off his bike, he knocked at the door of the Beaulieu residence so he could clean the blood off his ...



Check(2021)

Combined Rating:
5
Combined Critics Rating: 0

The story of a prisoner on Death row fighting his wrongful conviction in the backdrop of Chess.



Endgame(2015)

Combined Rating:
4
Combined Critics Rating: 4

Since he was 5 yrs old, Jose's abuelita taught him to play chess like his grandfather who was a champion in Mexico. Now as part of the Brownsville school team, Jose has the chance to use ...



Zatoichi Jigoku tabi(1965)

Combined Rating:
4
Combined Critics Rating: 0

A samurai with a high skill in chess makes friends with Zatoichi, who finds that things become peculiar in his presence.



La diagonale du fou(1984)

Combined Rating:
4
Combined Critics Rating: 0

Two masters of chess duel each other not only in their game but also in their different ideologies. The veteran Akiva is a Soviet Jew and ferocious Communist, master of his game but also ...



Lang leve de koningin(1995)

Combined Rating:
4
Combined Critics Rating: 0

A fairytale about a young girl who learns to play chess and at the same time finds her father.



Hatley High(2003)

Combined Rating:
2
Combined Critics Rating: 0

Tommy Linklater is an eighteen-year old magician. The magic he performs is often minor - re-directing croquet balls, making cards appear in closed purses - it is always genuine; he actually...




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