Movies like The Chess Players

If you like "The Chess Players" you are looking for serious and realistic movies about / with chess, heroes, obsession, politics, couple relations, betrayal and ruler themes of Comedy, Drama and History genre shot in India.
Find your next favorite and similar movies in two steps: 1. Identify all themes of interest from this film (block below). 2. Look for them in the presented list.
The Chess Players (1977)
 7.8
 3K
The Chess Players (1977)
Original name: शतरंज के खिलाड़ी
Genre: Comedy, Drama, History
Country: India
Duration: 129 min.
Story: It is the year 1856. Nawab Wajid Ali Shah is the king of Awadh, one of the last independent kingdoms of India. The British colonialists, intent on controlling this rich land, have sent general Outram on a secret mission to clear the way for an annexation. Pressure is mounting amidst intrigue and political manoeuvres, but the Nawab whiles away his time in pursuit of pleasure and religious practice. The court is of no help either—Court nobles Mir and Mirza, ignoring the situation of their country and all their duties towards their families, spend their days playing endless games of chess. The film is based on Munshi Premchand's short story of the same name.
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: chess, heroes, obsession, politics, couple relations, betrayal, ruler, political intrigue, social differences, society, political corruption, political unrest, rivalry, tragic hero, state affairs, army, king, aristocrat, aristocracy, nobleman, british army, marital infidelity, crown, rumor, prime minister ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s
Place: india, asia

Movie in categories

Most similar movies to The Chess Players

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, captivating and biting films with plots about society, political unrest, state affairs, politics, heroes, dishonesty and unfulfillment mostly in Drama, History and Comedy genres. Some movies like The Chess Players: We Five (1980), Storm (1975), The Viceroys (2007), The Supper (1992), The Kingdom of Diamonds (1980). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 6.5
 155
We Five (1980)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: India
Duration: 163 min.
Story: Tyrannical and wealthy Veer Pratap Singh, rules over a small town - ruthlessly. Whoever opposes him is crushed. He is attracted to women, and has a lengthy affair with Soundariya, and even has a secret marriage ceremony with her. When Soundariya ...
Style: realistic, exciting, serious, emotional, rough
Plot: rivalry, village, injustice, family relations, love and romance, life is a bitch, good versus evil, bollywood, society, social relations, defiant, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: asia, india
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
The Rising: Ballad of Mangal Pandey (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: India
Duration: 150 min.
Story: The film begins in 1857, when India was ruled by the British East India Company. Mangal Pandey is a sepoy, a soldier of Indian origin, in the army of the East India Company. Pandey is fighting in the Anglo-Afghan Wars and saves the life of his ...
Style: epic, captivating, realistic, emotional, serious
Plot: rebellion, betrayal, administration, state affairs, war, battles, political unrest, gory, unlikely partners, imperialism, revolution, partners ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s, 1800s
Place: india, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
89%
 8.2
 1K
Storm (1975)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: India
Duration: 133 min.
Story: J.K. is a hotel Manager in a scenic location in India. One day he gallantly comes to the rescue of a drunk daughter, Aarti, of a politician, and chooses to be discrete about it. When she recovers, she and he fall in love; get married in a small ...
Style: realistic, touching, serious, banned film
Plot: politics, hotel, love and romance, rise to the top, writer's life, couple relations, state affairs, rescue, society, campaign, tragic hero, ambition ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: india
⇓ similarity ⇓
87%
 6.3
 291
The Viceroys (2007)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Italy, Spain, Germany, USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: No overview found.
Style: captivating, realistic, serious, emotional
Plot: politics, revolution, parents and children, unfulfillment, family relations, state affairs, society, rivalry, intrigue, royal family, downfall, dishonesty ...
Time: 19th century
Place: italy, sicily, europe, sicily italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
84%
Movie in collections
 7.4
 467
The Supper (1992)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: France
Duration: 90 min.
Story: France, 1815. After his defeat at Waterloo, Napoleon heads for exile. Royalists occupy Paris and attempt to restore the monarchy. However, the battle doesn't seem to be over. On July 6, Talleyrand, a shrewd politician of flexible convictions, ...
Style: disturbing, talky, cynical, thought provoking, serious ...
Plot: politics, royal family, leadership, dishonesty, political intrigue, society, tragic love, revolution, political unrest, head of state, rebellion, wartime life ...
Time: 19th century, 18th century, 1810s
Place: france, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
The Kingdom of Diamonds (1980)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Thriller
Country: India
Duration: 118 min.
Story: The musician duo of Goopi Gayin and Bagha Bayin make a comeback in this sequel, where they are invited to the court of the Hirak Raja (Diamond King), for their musical skills. They have to perform at the kingdom's Jubilee Celebrations. But ...
Style: thought provoking, offbeat, biting, witty, semi serious ...
Plot: heroes, mad scientist, injustice, royal court, society, anti heroes, imaginary kingdom, escapades, state affairs, save the day, righting the wronged, political unrest ...
Place: india
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
 7.1
 545
King Naresuan (2007)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Thailand
Duration: 163 min.
Story: The film concerns the life of King Naresuan, who liberated the Siamese from the control of Burma. Born in 1555, he was taken to Burma as a child hostage; there he became acquainted with sword fighting and became a threat to the Burmese empire.
Style: captivating, epic, serious, emotional, realistic
Plot: rivalry, friends, political unrest, heroes, political intrigue, royal family, head of state, royal court, youth, friendship, politics, young heroes ...
Time: 16th century
Place: thailand, burma, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
 7.3
 525
Rikyu (1989)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Japan
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Late in the 1500s, an aging tea master teaches the way of tea to a headstrong Shogun. Through force of will and courageous fighting, Hideyoshi becomes Japan's most powerful warlord, unifying the country. Rikyu, through the tea ceremony and ...
Style: realistic, serious, stylized, captivating
Plot: rise to the top, samurai, clergy, society, military, political unrest, heroes, state affairs, war, battles, politics, ambition ...
Time: 16th century, 1500s
Place: japan, korea, asia, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
The Battle of Canudos (1997)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Brazil
Duration: 170 min.
Story: The film adaptation of Nobel Prize winning author, Mario Vargas Llosa's epic, The War At The End Of the World (La guerra del fin del mundo).
Style: captivating, epic, realistic, emotional, serious ...
Plot: politics, life is a bitch, religions or cults, society, tragic hero, rebellion, heroes, political unrest, unfulfillment, state affairs, wartime life, family in danger ...
Time: 19th century
Place: brazil, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
The Adversary (1970)
Genre: Drama
Country: India
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Siddhartha Chowdhury, a brilliant medical student, is forced to leave his studies after his father's sudden demise. He is forced to navigate the high unemployment rate and the communist socio-political climate of 1960s Calcutta in search of a ...
Style: realistic, biting, bleak, serious, rough ...
Plot: unemployment, job seeking, job interview, medical student, society, political unrest, daydreamer, fighting the system, politics, ambition, youth, against the odds ...
Time: 70s
Place: india, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
Beginning of the Great Revival (2011)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: China
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A chronicle of the events that led to the founding of the Chinese Communist Party.
Style: serious, realistic, captivating
Plot: revolution, politics, society, social differences, head of state, rebellion, state affairs, patriotism, communist party, republican era china, military uniform
Time: 1910s, 20th century, 20s, 1920s
Place: asia, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
Welcome to Sajjanpur (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: India
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Mahadev (Shreyas Talpade) is an unemployed graduate with a Bachelor of Arts from Satna college, who is forced to make a living writing letters for the uneducated people of his village. His real ambition is to become a novel writer. Through his ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, touching
Plot: parents and children, unfulfillment, dishonesty, small town life, couples, social relations, love and romance, couple relations, hopes, bollywood, ambition, small town ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: india, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
23rd March 1931: Shaheed (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: India
Duration: 188 min.
Story: Bhagat Singh, a freedom fighter, is arrested for killing the British official responsible for the death of his mentor Lala Lajpatrai. He is ultimately hanged for his misdeed.
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, rough, disturbing
Plot: prison, punjab, state affairs, confined, vengeance, legal, life is a bitch, politics, prison life, life sentence, rebelliousness, society ...
Time: 30s, 20s, 1920s, 1930s
Place: asia, india
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 7.1
 311
In Custody (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, India
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Ismail Merchant's feature directorial debut addresses a subject close to his heart: the expressive Urdu language of Northern India, in danger of extinction as political trends and modernization obscure its contributions to Indian culture. ...
Style: clever, semi serious, humorous, biting, realistic ...
Plot: poetry, tradition, alcohol abuse, society, artists and showbiz, writer's life, unfulfillment, culture clash, progress, writing, cynicism, cultural difference ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: india
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
St. Michael Had a Rooster (1972)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Italy
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Sentenced to life imprisonment for illegal activities, Italian International member Giulio Manieri holds on to his political ideals while struggling against madness in the loneliness of his prison cell.
Style: thought provoking, gloomy, serious, realistic
Plot: revolution, politics, prison, introspection, moral dilemma, prison life, society, political unrest, solitary, human spirit, haunted by the past, rebellion ...
Time: 19th century
Place: italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 5.7
 6K
M.K.B.K.M. (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: India
Duration: 151 min.
Story: Harry is an industrialist who loves his daughter Bijlee, and the bond they share with Harry's man friday, Matru. Bijlee's plan to wed the son of a politician, however, brings twists and turns in the lives of Matru, Bijlee and Mandola.
Style: realistic, semi serious, humorous
Plot: village, supportive parent, parents and children, family relations, love and romance, romance, couples, humble, couple relations, village life, bollywood, social relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: india, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 5.6
 2K
Umrao Jaan (2006)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: India
Duration: 188 min.
Story: Bollywood film about the famous courtesan of the title. Aishwarya Rai stars in the lead role. The film is directed by J.P. Dutta and also stars Shabana Azmi, Sunil Shetty, Abhishek Bachchan, Divya Dutta, Himani Shivpuri and Kulbhushan Kharbanda.
Style: realistic, captivating, touching, sentimental, serious ...
Plot: kidnapping, curses spells and rituals, romance, life is a bitch, impossible love, forbidden love, society, social differences, love and romance, unfulfillment, unfulfilled love, bollywood ...
Time: 19th century
Place: india, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
The Face Reader (2013)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: South Korea
Duration: 142 min.
Story: Nae-kyung, the most skillful face reader in Joseon dynasty, was living in seclusion when he was offered a lucrative partnership by Yeon-hong, a Korean geisha. Nae-kyung accepts the proposal to read the faces of Yeon-hong’s guests only to get ...
Style: stylized, atmospheric, serious, captivating, realistic
Plot: betrayal, politics, head of state, political intrigue, dishonesty, royal court, political unrest, coup
Time: 15th century
Place: korea, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
Movie in collections
The Bushido Blade (1981)
Genre: Action, Drama, History
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A steel samurai blade that was to be given to the American ambassador by the Emperor of Japan is stolen. American sailors and Japanese samurai are sent to find it.
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, crime, escapades, master warrior, crimes, adventure, rivalry, military, state affairs, heroes, military life, heist ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s
Place: asia, japan, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
The Far Pavilions (1984)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 315 min.
Story: Story of forbidden love in 1800's India set against the revolution for India's freedom from England.
Style: realistic, serious
Plot: forbidden love, fall in love, political unrest, betrayal, politics, intrigue, culture clash, opposites attract, love triangle, tragic love, social differences, society ...
Time: victorian, 19th century
Place: india, england, asia, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 8.5
 2K
Punjab 1984 (2014)
Genre: Drama, Family, History
Country: Canada, India
Duration: 159 min.
Story: This is the story of a mother and her missing son set in the backdrop of 1984 Punjab, when the state was going through a terrible time of terrorism. The film depicts the longing of a mother for her son and her search for her son, who is labelled a ...
Style: rough, tense, serious, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: punjab, rebelliousness, rivalry, disorder, political unrest, defiant, parents and children, state affairs, uninhibited rivalry, family relations, loss of son, village ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: india, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 6.2
 3K
Confucius (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: China
Duration: 125 min.
Story: In 500 B.C., during Chinas famed 'Spring and Autumn Period', Kong Ze (Confucius), a commoner reverred for his outstanding wisdom, is made Minister of Law in the ancient Kingdom of Lu. Under his inspired leadership, Lu ascends to new ...
Style: epic, captivating, atmospheric, serious, realistic
Plot: politics, human spirit, human nature, battles, state affairs, hopes, heroes, political unrest, leadership, social differences, society, redemption ...
Time: ancient history
Place: china, ancient china, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 7.6
 26K
Jodhaa Akbar (2008)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Romance
Country: India
Duration: 213 min.
Story: Jodhaa Akbar is a sixteenth century love story about a marriage of alliance that gave birth to true love between a great Mughal Emperor, Akbar and a Rajput princess, Jodhaa.
Style: epic, captivating, serious, stylized, realistic ...
Plot: love and romance, true love, royal family, culture clash, royal court, emperor, ruler, politics, dishonesty, win over, princess, bollywood ...
Time: 16th century
Place: india, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
Movie in collections
The Middleman (1975)
Genre: Drama
Country: India
Duration: 131 min.
Story: A bright and idealistic young graduate steels himself for a dog-eat-dog world, only to flounder in a job market packed with thousands of other hopefuls. When he eventually decides to start his own business as a middle-man, he discovers that the ...
Style: biting, realistic, serious, clever, witty ...
Plot: unemployment, college graduate, injustice, youth, downfall, unfulfillment, social misfits, life is a bitch, down on your luck, betrayal, society, contract ...
Time: 70s
Place: india, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
The Lonely Wife (1964)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: India
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Charu lives a lonely and idle life in 1870s India. Although her husband Bhupati devotes more time to his newspaper than to their marriage, he sees her loneliness and asks his brother-in-law,Umapada to keep her company. At the same time ...
Style: sentimental, touching, realistic, emotional, serious
Audience: girls' night
Plot: infidelity, love and romance, romance, dull life, unfulfillment, crumbling marriage, couple relations, negligence, dishonesty, fall in love, couples, love triangle ...
Time: 19th century
Place: india
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
The Crown Prince (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: Austria, France, Germany, Italy
Duration: 180 min.
Story: A great Empire, once famous for its enlightened traditions, is taken over by a ruthless political establishment. Religious fundamentalists and national separatists are tearing at the fabric of its liberal society. Under the influence of his ...
Style: realistic, epic, atmospheric, serious
Plot: intrigue, politics, betrayal, empress, love affair, couples, political unrest, forbidden love, tragic hero, couple relations, parents and children, unfulfillment ...
Time: 1890s
Place: austria, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
The President's Last Bang (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 102 min.
Story: On October 26, 1979, President Park Chung-hee, who had ruled South Korea since 1961, was assassinated by his director of intelligence. The film depicts the events of that night…
Style: dark humor, offbeat, serious, realistic, biting ...
Plot: assassination, politics, president, heroes, political intrigue, state affairs, disgruntled, secret agents, unfulfillment, losing-it hero, chases and races, deadly ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 7.1
 1K
Uranus (1990)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 100 min.
Story: After World War II, a small French village struggles to put the war behind as the controlling Communist Party tries to flush out Petain loyalists. The local bar owner, a simple man who likes to write poetry, who only wants to be left alone to do his ...
Style: psychological, realistic, biting, serious, clever
Plot: small town, military, survival, innocence lost, rebelliousness, society, political corruption, dishonesty, political unrest, small town life, fighting the system, politics ...
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Hullabaloo Over Georgie and Bonnie's Pictures (1978)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: India, UK
Duration: 85 min.
Story: This lighthearted romp through Royal India presents a world of Maharajas, palaces, imperiled art objects, and the foreign collectors who will stop at nothing to possess them. Peggy Ashcroft and Larry Pine star as two rapacious art collectors who ...
Style: realistic, humorous, stylized, semi serious, clever
Plot: breakup, celebrity culture, media satire, cons and scams, rise to the top, siblings relations, love and romance, artists and showbiz, contests and competitions, boss and employee, master and servant, manipulations ...
Time: 70s
Place: india, england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Julius Caesar (1970)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: UK
Duration: 117 min.
Story: All star cast heads up this 1970 remake of the William Shakespeare classic tale of the betrayal of the the Roman senate against their emperor, the plotting and scheming that led up to the assassination of the title charecter, and all of Romes' ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, serious, realistic
Plot: assassination, betrayal, tragic hero, intrigue, politics, rivalry, right hand man, roman empire, leadership, downfall, head of state, heroes ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century b.c.
Place: europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%