Chess movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant chess movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, captivating, suspenseful, psychological and thought provoking films and TV shows about / with chess, rivalry, ambition, contests and competitions, youth, mentor, prodigy, crimes, obsession and catastrophe plots mostly in Drama, Thriller and Crime genres shot in USA, France, UK and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as chess: Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993), The Luzhin Defence (2000), Pawn Sacrifice (2014), The Queen's Gambit (2020), Computer Chess (2013), The Chess Players (1977), Knight Moves (1992), Queen of Katwe (2016), Queen to Play (2009), Fresh (1994).

List of chess movies

Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A prepubescent chess prodigy refuses to harden himself in order to become a champion like the famous but unlikable Bobby Fischer.
Style: uplifting, inspirational, touching, intellectual, clever ...
Audience: kids
Plot: chess, child prodigy, prodigy, contests and competitions, supportive parent, parents and children, human spirit, tournament, competition, genius, mentor, coach ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, new york
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The Luzhin Defence (2000)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, France
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Based upon the novel by Vladimir Nabokov, a chess grandmaster travels to Italy in the 1920s to play in a tournament and falls in love.
Style: atmospheric, sincere, touching, serious, melancholic ...
Plot: chess, obsession, prodigy, mentally unstable, supportive spouse, contests and competitions, ambition, genius, family relations, love story, eccentricity, loneliness ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century
Place: italy
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 7.0
 44K
Pawn Sacrifice (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Sport, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: American chess champion Bobby Fischer prepares for a legendary match-up against Russian Boris Spassky.
Style: captivating, factual, entertaining, inspirational, realistic ...
Plot: chess, cold war, prodigy, ambition, contests and competitions, rivalry, paranoia, politics, genius, obsession, eccentricity, mental illness ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 60s, 50s
Place: russia, santa monica california, iceland, reykjavik iceland
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The Queen's Gambit (2020)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 395 min.
TV show
Story: In a Kentucky orphanage in the 1950s, a young girl discovers an astonishing talent for chess while struggling with addiction.
Style: captivating, psychological, suspense, unusual plot structure, tense ...
Plot: chess, genius, girl power, addiction, child prodigy, prodigy, female protagonist, girl, orphanage, orphan, champion, mathematics ...
Time: 60s, 50s
Place: europe, usa, moscow russia, kentucky, las vegas ...
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Computer Chess (2013)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Set over the course of a weekend tournament for chess software programmers thirty-some years ago, COMPUTER CHESS transports viewers to a nostalgic moment when the contest between technology and the human spirit seemed a little more up for grabs. We ...
Style: humorous, melancholic, surreal, enigmatic, atmospheric ...
Plot: chess, man versus machine, hotel, nerd, ambition, obsession, a.i., computer genius, rivalry, contests and competitions, computer system, artificial intelligence ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: pentagon, australia
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The Chess Players (1977)
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 ...
Style: serious, realistic, contemplative
Plot: chess, heroes, betrayal, rivalry, tragic hero, politics, state affairs, society, political intrigue, couple relations, social differences, political unrest ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s
Place: india, asia
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 6.1
 8K
Knight Moves (1992)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany, Canada
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A psychologist falls for a world-class chess player suspected of odd murders linked to his game.
Style: suspenseful, tense, psychological, disturbing, scary ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: chess, serial killer, murder, investigation, crimes, police investigation, protagonist as suspect, haunted by the past, manipulation, psychopath, mystery, rivalry ...
Time: 90s
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 7.4
 17K
Queen of Katwe (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A young girl overcomes her disadvantaged upbringing in the slums of Uganda to become a Chess master.
Style: inspirational, thought provoking, captivating, sincere, disturbing ...
Audience: teens
Plot: chess, poverty, widow, rise to the top, child protagonist, mother daughter relationship, sport, contests and competitions, small town, team, mentor, life ...
Time: future, 80s, 50s
Place: uganda, africa
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Queen to Play (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Germany
Duration: 101 min.
Story: In a small Corsican village, the life of Hélène, ordinary and single, She works as a maid in a hotel and is married happily with her Husband Ange and her fifteen year-old daughter. Her modest and monotonous life seems to be predetermined... One ...
Style: realistic, semi serious, touching, humorous, feel good
Plot: chess, family relations, midlife crisis, hotel, island, ambition, couples, hopes, follow your dream, self discovery, strong female presence, dull life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, france, corsica
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 7.6
 13K
Fresh (1994)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Michael is a 12-year-old drug pusher who lives in a crowded house with his cousins and aunt. His father has become a street bum,but still meets with Fresh on occasion to play chess. Fresh is rather quiet in a crazy world. Fresh's sister is a ...
Style: suspenseful, bleak, realistic, tense, touching ...
Plot: african american, chess, drug dealing, drug lord, crimes, juvenile delinquency, childhood trauma, family relations, urban ghetto, life is a bitch, youth, revenge ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, brooklyn new york city, new jersey
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Knights of the South Bronx (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A business man decides that he wants to teach school in the inner city and chooses a tough school in the South Bronx. He teaches the children how to play the game of chess, and along the way they learn a lot about life.
Style: uplifting, touching, realistic, serious
Plot: chess, school, misfit, youth, ambition, teachers and students, against the odds, juvenile delinquency, elementary school, lifestyle, high school life, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, bronx new york city
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Dangerous Moves (1984)
Genre: Drama, Sport, Thriller
Country: France, Liechtenstein, Switzerland
Duration: 100 min.
Story: World Chess Champion Akiva Liebskind (Michel Piccoli) faces his former pupil Pavius Fromm (Alexandre Arbatt), who defected to the West from the Soviet Union five years earlier, for the World Chess Championship in Geneva, Switzerland. The tension and ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, captivating, psychological ...
Plot: chess, politics, prodigy, rivalry, state affairs, contests and competitions, moral dilemma, kgb, cold war, scientist, professor, student ...
Time: 80s
Place: lithuania, geneva switzerland, israel, moscow russia, ussr
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Critical Thinking (2020)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Based on a true story from 1998, five Latino and Black teenagers from the toughest underserved ghetto in Miami fight their way into the National Chess Championship under the guidance of their unconventional but inspirational teacher.
Style: motivational, thought provoking, psychological, captivating, contemplative
Plot: chess, high school, misfit, social problems, life is a bitch, dedicated educator, human relationship, society, city, unconventional method, teacher, contest ...
Place: miami
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 7.7
 8K
Black Butler (2008)
Genre: Animation, Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: In Victorian-era London, on the night of Ciel Phantomhive's tenth birthday, a fire destroyed his manor and killed both of his parents. In a moment of despair, Ciel strikes a deal with a demon - his soul in exchange for revenge. This demon ...
Style: dark fantasy, exciting, suspenseful, captivating, stylized ...
Audience: teens
Plot: butler, demon, master and servant, supernatural, investigation, evil force, deal with the devil, young heroes, supernatural ability, rich and poor, society, queen ...
Time: victorian era, 19th century
Place: london, england, europe, united kingdom
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5150 Elm's Way (2009)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 110 min.
Story: 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 hands. But Jack Beaulieu and his family had other plans ...
Style: psychological, realistic, scary, suspenseful, neo noir ...
Plot: psychopath, serial killer, chess, kidnapping, mentally unstable, unlikely criminals, obsession, confinement indoors, crimes, confined, vigilantism, small town ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada
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 5.8
 2K
Uncovered (1994)
Genre: Thriller
Country: UK, Spain, France
Duration: 103 min.
Story: While restoring a fifteenth-century painting Julia reveals a hidden Latin phrase. A series of murders begin to rock her small world of art experts, patrons and restorers, and she finds that the mystery of the painting is interwoven with the mystery ...
Style: serious, psychological, suspenseful, tense, atmospheric ...
Plot: chess, murder, mind game, investigation, uncover truth, law enforcement, prostitute, dishonesty, amateur detective, race against time, inheritance, betrayal ...
Time: middle ages
Place: barcelona
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Life of a King (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Life of a King is the true story of one man's mission to give inner city kids of Washington DC something he never had - a future. After being incarcerated for eighteen years, Eugene Brown established the Big Chair Chess Club to get kids off the ...
Style: sincere, uplifting, touching, rough, captivating ...
Audience: teens
Plot: dedicated educator, chess, teenage life, changing lives, rebellion, ambition, society, bad attitude, contests and competitions, gain trust, teachers and students, hardcase students ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: washington d.c., usa
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 6.4
 695
Entrusted (2003)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, France
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Hoping to entrap Maria von Gall, who runs a courageous underground railroad for Jews in France, the Nazis kidnap her son Thomas, a brilliant 11-year-old chess master. An exchange arrangement goes awry and he sees her die in a hail of bullets; but he ...
Style: captivating, realistic, serious, suspenseful
Plot: chess, prodigy, holocaust, survival, young heroes, on the run, heroic mission, youth, against humanity, war, rivalry, boy genius ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s
Place: europe, france, switzerland
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 7.6
 4K
Endgame (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Endgame is a Canadian drama television series that premiered on the Showcase Television network on Monday, March 14, 2011. The series is developed and produced by Thunderbird Films. The series follows former World Chess Champion Arkady Balagan, a ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, exciting, tense
Plot: talented, prodigy, chess, investigation, law enforcement, mystery, russian, fear, crimes, eccentricity, maid, hotshot ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: russia
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The Dark Horse (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: New Zealand
Duration: 124 min.
Story: One-time Maori speed-chess champ, Genesis Potini, lives with a bi-polar disorder and must overcome prejudice and violence in the battle to save his struggling chess club, his family and ultimately, himself.
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, emotional
Plot: chess, mental illness, contests and competitions, dedicated educator, hopes, mentally unstable, power relations, compassion, father son relationship, friendship, teaching, hallucination ...
Time: 20th century
Place: new zealand
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Return from the Ashes (1965)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A Jewish woman, Dr. Michele Wolf, interred in a Nazi concentration camp during WWII returns to her Paris home after the war's end. She's unaware that her husband, the handsome gigolo and chess master Stanislaw Pilgrin, has been having an ...
Style: realistic, serious, psychological, suspenseful
Plot: chess, murder, gigolo, innocence lost, concentration camp, uncover truth, infidelity, fall in love, holocaust, captivity, cons and scams, prison ...
Time: 60s
Place: europe, france, paris france
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The Thief Who Came to Dinner (1973)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A computer programmer decides to become a thief. And when he starts making waves an insurance investigator hounds him. He also meets a woman who becomes his accomplice.
Style: realistic, semi serious, witty, humorous
Plot: heist, chess, couples, disorder, programmer, social differences, unlikely criminals, dishonesty, criminal heroes, law enforcement, love and romance, partners ...
Time: 70s
Place: houston texas
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 5.7
 454
The Tournament (2015)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: France
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Budapest International Chess Tournament. The most likely winner: Cal Fournier (22), French champion, immature genius, socially awkward, compulsive player. But this time, an unusual 9-years-old Hungarian opponent disrupts this smooth-running routine.
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, sincere, entertaining
Audience: teens
Plot: youth, chess, prodigy, ambition, contests and competitions, rivalry, misfit, coach, bet, genius, competition, sport competition ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: hungary, budapest
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The Coldest Game (2019)
Genre: History, Sport, Thriller
Country: Poland, USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: 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.
Style: political, realistic, clever, suspense, tricky ...
Plot: cold war, chess, contests and competitions, american, competition, espionage, state affairs, international crisis, crisis, fear, rivalry, politics ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: warsaw poland, ussr, usa
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 6.2
 457
Hatley High (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The Canadian teen comedy Hatley High sends up high school sports rituals by placing a most unlikely competitive game at the center of its story: that of chess. Tommy (Nicholas Wright) is a new arrival in his parents' hometown of Hatley, whose ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, light, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: chess, teenage love, love and romance, rivalry, teenage life, ambition, small town life, cheerleader, high school, school, wizards and magicians, rising to stardom ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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 7.1
 97K
WarGames (1983)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: High School student David Lightman (Matthew Broderick) has a talent for hacking. But while trying to hack into a computer system to play unreleased video games, he unwittingly taps into the Defense Department's war computer and initiates a ...
Style: clever, suspenseful, captivating, serious, realistic ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: hacker, cold war, nuclear threat, computer cracker, computer genius, chess, computer system, nuclear, computer, faked death, race against time, nuclear war ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: seattle, usa, paris france, california
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 6.4
 94K
Revolver (2005)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, France
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Hotshot gambler Jake Green (Jason Statham) is long on bravado and seriously short of common sense. Rarely is he allowed in any casino because he's a bona fide winner and, in fact, has taken so much money over the years that he's the sole ...
Style: serious, stylized, realistic, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gambling, criminal heroes, group of criminals, cons and scams, ex convict, mob boss, crimes, chess, gangsters, criminal's revenge, philosophy, humiliation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, europe, london
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Le collectionneur des cerveaux (1976)
Genre: Horror, Mystery
Country: France
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A young pianist is shocked when she witnesses a strange chess tournament with a robot. Could there be a gruesome secret behind this exhibition?
Plot: chess, piano, artificial intelligence, androids, friend, widow, pianist, saving a life, robot, brain, investigation, sleuth ...
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 7.2
 19K
64 Squares (2016)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: India
Duration: 103 min.
Story: 'Wazir' is a tale of two unlikely friends, a wheelchair-bound chess grandmaster and a brave ATS officer. Brought together by grief and a strange twist of fate, the two men decide to help each other win the biggest games of their lives. But ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, captivating, suspense, surprise ending
Plot: chess, friendship, murder, police, revenge, father daughter relationship, race against time, police officer, gunfight, motorcycle, muslim, good versus evil ...
Place: kashmir
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Alice Through the Looking Glass (1998)
Genre: Fantasy, Family
Country: UK
Duration: 83 min.
Story: A modern adaptation of the classic children's story 'Alice through the Looking Glass', which continued on from the popular 'Alice in Wonderland' story. This time Alice is played by the mother, who falls asleep while reading ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, feel good, offbeat
Audience: pre-teens, family outing, kids
Plot: chess, adventure, alternate dimension, queen, young heroes, mischievous children, hopes, youth, rivalry, family, escapades, fish out of water ...
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