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1. Magnus (2016)

78 min | Documentary

52 Metascore

Magnus Carlsen, Norwegian chess prodigy, becomes a grandmaster at age 13 and world champion in 2013.

Director: Benjamin Ree | Stars: Magnus Carlsen, Garry Kasparov, Viswanathan Anand

Votes: 1,583 | Gross: $0.01M

2. Closing Gambit: 1978 Korchnoi versus Karpov and the Kremlin (2018)

85 min | Documentary

Fascinating story of the 1978 World Chess Championship between the Soviet Communist Party's protege, Anatoly Karpov and the traitor and Soviet defector, Viktor Korchnoi. One of those instances in life where truth is stranger than fiction.

Director: Alan Byron | Stars: Viswanathan Anand, Stuart Conquest, Boris Gelfand, Vlastimil Hort

Votes: 44

3. The Luzhin Defence (2000)

PG-13 | 109 min | Drama, Romance

64 Metascore

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

Director: Marleen Gorris | Stars: John Turturro, Emily Watson, Geraldine James, Stuart Wilson

Votes: 4,070 | Gross: $1.05M

4. Knights of the South Bronx (2005 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 89 min | Drama

The movie is based on the life & times of David MacEnulty who taught schoolchildren of the Bronx Community Elementary School 70 to play at competition level, eventually winning New York ... See full summary »

Director: Allen Hughes | Stars: Ted Danson, Malcolm David Kelley, Keke Palmer, Clifton Powell

Votes: 999

5. Game Over: Kasparov and the Machine (2003)

PG | 90 min | Documentary

66 Metascore

Garry Kasparov is arguably the greatest chess player who has ever lived. In 1997 he played a chess match against IBM's computer Deep Blue. Kasparov lost the match. This film shows the match... See full summary »

Director: Vikram Jayanti | Stars: Marc Ghannoum, Joel Benjamin, Michael Greengard, Anatoli Karpov

Votes: 1,254

6. Life of a King (2013)

PG-13 | 100 min | Drama

52 Metascore

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

Director: Jake Goldberger | Stars: Cuba Gooding Jr., Dennis Haysbert, George Dick, Thurston Hill III

Votes: 5,789 | Gross: $0.01M

7. Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993)

PG | 109 min | Biography, Drama

89 Metascore

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

Director: Steven Zaillian | Stars: Joe Mantegna, Ben Kingsley, Max Pomeranc, Joan Allen

Votes: 27,533 | Gross: $7.27M

8. The Dark Horse (2014)

R | 124 min | Biography, Drama

77 Metascore

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

Director: James Napier Robertson | Stars: Cliff Curtis, James Rolleston, Kirk Torrance, James Napier Robertson

Votes: 5,373 | Gross: $0.06M

9. Queen of Katwe (2016)

PG | 124 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

73 Metascore

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

Director: Mira Nair | Stars: Madina Nalwanga, David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong'o, Martin Kabanza

Votes: 13,462 | Gross: $8.81M

10. Mission: Impossible (1966–1973)
Episode: A Game of Chess (1968)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

The IMF's target is an international chess grandmaster who also is planning to steal gold seized from the opposition movement of an unnamed Soviet Bloc country. Rollin poses as an amateur ... See full summary »

Director: Alf Kjellin | Stars: Peter Graves, Martin Landau, Barbara Bain, Greg Morris

Votes: 128

12. Queen to Play (2009)

Unrated | 101 min | Drama

70 Metascore

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 ... See full summary »

Director: Caroline Bottaro | Stars: Sandrine Bonnaire, Kevin Kline, Francis Renaud, Jennifer Beals

Votes: 2,512 | Gross: $0.48M

13. Bobby Fischer Against the World (2011)

TV-14 | 93 min | Documentary, Biography, History

76 Metascore

'Bobby Fischer Against the World' is a documentary feature exploring the tragic and bizarre life of the late chess master Bobby Fischer. The drama of Bobby Fischer's career was undeniable, ... See full summary »

Director: Liz Garbus | Stars: Bobby Fischer, David Edmonds, Anthony Saidy, Susan Polgar

Votes: 6,453

14. Pawn Sacrifice (2014)

PG-13 | 115 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

65 Metascore

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.

Director: Edward Zwick | Stars: Tobey Maguire, Liev Schreiber, Peter Sarsgaard, Michael Stuhlbarg

Votes: 36,022 | Gross: $2.44M

15. The Chessplayer (2017)

98 min | Drama, History, War

In 1934 Diego Padilla wins the Spanish Championship of Chess and meets a French journalist, Marianne Latour, and they fall in love. At the end of the Civil War, Marianne convinces Diego to ... See full summary »

Director: Luis Oliveros | Stars: Marc Clotet, Melina Matthews, Alejo Sauras, Lionel Auguste

Votes: 497

16. Chess (2003 Video)

127 min | Musical

The Soviet chess player Anatolij meets the American chess player Freddie in Italy where a grand chess championship is held. There, their pasts and love affairs starts to affect the competition, forcing them to face their inner feelings.

Director: Lars Rudolfsson | Stars: Tommy Körberg, Helen Sjöholm, Anders Ekborg, Josefin Nilsson

Votes: 141

17. Chess Fever (1925)

Not Rated | 28 min | Comedy, Short

With an international chess tournament in progress, a young man becomes completely obsessed with the game. His fiancée has no interest in it, and becomes frustrated and depressed by his ... See full summary »

Directors: Vsevolod Pudovkin, Nikolai Shpikovsky | Stars: José Raúl Capablanca, Vladimir Fogel, Anna Zemtsova, Natalya Glan

Votes: 1,038

18. Schwarz und weiß wie Tage und Nächte (1978 TV Movie)

103 min | Drama

A scientist who swore off playing chess after a nervous breakdown as a boy wunderkind, creates an undefeated chess program. But the Russian world champ beats Tommy Rosemund's masterwork in ... See full summary »

Director: Wolfgang Petersen | Stars: Bruno Ganz, Gila von Weitershausen, René Deltgen, Ljuba Tadic

Votes: 110

19. Son of Cain (2013)

90 min | Thriller

A wealthy Spanish family whose teenage son is very troubled, they hire a psychologist to help him, but nothing is what it seems like in the beginning.

Director: Jesús Monllaó | Stars: Jose Coronado, Abril García, Paco González, Oriol Grau

Votes: 686

20. Geri's Game (1997)

4 min | Animation, Short, Family

Geri sets up a chess game to play his greatest opponent - himself.

Director: Jan Pinkava | Star: Bob Peterson

Votes: 21,031

21. Fresh (1994)

R | 114 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

81 Metascore

Death and violence anger a twelve-year-old drug courier, who sets his employers against each other.

Director: Boaz Yakin | Stars: Sean Nelson, Giancarlo Esposito, Samuel L. Jackson, N'Bushe Wright

Votes: 11,362 | Gross: $8.09M

22. Endgame (2011)

60 min | Crime, Drama

Endgame is an original drama series centering on brilliant chess master, Arkady Balagan. Traumatized by the murder of his fiancée, Balagan has become a prisoner in his luxury Vancouver ... See full summary »

Stars: Shawn Doyle, Patrick Gallagher, Katharine Isabelle, Carmen Aguirre

Votes: 3,314

23. Knight Moves (1992)

R | 116 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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 ... See full summary »

Director: Carl Schenkel | Stars: Christopher Lambert, Tom Skerritt, Codie Lucas Wilbee, Joshua Murray

Votes: 7,297 | Gross: $0.92M

24. Uncovered (1994)

R | 103 min | Thriller

While restoring an old painting showing a woman and two men playing chess, Julia discovers the text "Who killed the knight" underneath the paint. The owner of the painting tells her that ... See full summary »

Director: Jim McBride | Stars: Kate Beckinsale, John Wood, Sinéad Cusack, Paudge Behan

Votes: 2,005

25. Brooklyn Castle (2012)

PG | 101 min | Documentary

77 Metascore

Amidst financial crises and unprecedented public school budget cuts, Brooklyn Castle takes an intimate look at the challenges and triumphs facing members of a junior high school's champion chess team.

Director: Katie Dellamaggiore | Stars: Je'Daiah Ballantyne, Michelle Ballantyne, Rochelle Ballantyne, Pamela Ballard

Votes: 873 | Gross: $0.22M

26. 5150 Elm's Way (2009)

110 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

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 ... See full summary »

Director: Éric Tessier | Stars: Marc-André Grondin, Normand D'Amour, Sonia Vachon, Mylène St-Sauveur

Votes: 3,033

27. Lang leve de koningin (1995)

118 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

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

Director: Esmé Lammers | Stars: Maya van den Broecke, Lisa De Rooy, Cas Enklaar, Derek de Lint

Votes: 992

28. Ivory Tower (2010)

Not Rated | 75 min | Comedy, Drama

Hershell & Thadeus, two chess-playing brothers and their unhealthy rivalry over both the chessboard and a woman. Hershell is a chess purist, the prodigal son, Thadeus a disciplined, ... See full summary »

Director: Adam Traynor | Stars: Chilly Gonzales, Tiga Sontag, Peaches, George Anthony

Votes: 123

29. A Chess Player (2014)

23 min | Short, Drama

A Chess Player is about what happens when you put all of yourself into one thing and when that one thing is taken away. Who are you... And also about fathers and sons and the redemption ... See full summary »

Director: Shea Sizemore | Stars: Tony Booker, Bryan Guidroz, Holly Murphy, George Peroulas

Votes: 8

30. The Boy & the Chess Player (2012)

22 min | Short, Drama, Family

Leonard, a shy and troubled young boy raised in a Antisemitic family in New York, meets a mysterious old chess player in a park, who will teach him a great lesson.

Director: Jordan Goldnadel | Stars: Micheal Deacutis, Lew Gardner, Kelley J. Jackson, Tom Martin

Votes: 8

31. The Chess Player (2008)

22 min | Short, Drama, War

1944 Britain, the most brilliant chess player of his time is held captive by the Secret Intelligence Service, on suspicion of detaining secret strategic information about the Allies' ... See full summary »

Director: Maximilian von Vier | Stars: David Caron, Christopher Dane

32. Brainwashed (1960)

102 min | Drama, War

In 1938 Austria shortly after the Nazi occupation, a prominent Viennese intellectual, Werner von Basil, is arrested for smuggling art treatures out of the country and imprisoned by the ... See full summary »

Director: Gerd Oswald | Stars: Curd Jürgens, Claire Bloom, Hansjörg Felmy, Mario Adorf

Votes: 477

34. Return from the Ashes (1965)

Not Rated | 105 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

In Paris, a Polish gigolo marries a rich Jewish doctor and stands to inherit her estate when she is deported to Dachau by the Nazis.

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Maximilian Schell, Samantha Eggar, Ingrid Thulin, Herbert Lom

Votes: 702

35. 8 X 8: A Chess Sonata in 8 Movements (1957)

80 min | Music

It is a fairy tale for the subconscious based on the game of chess. Partly Sigmund Freud, partly Lewis Carroll.

Directors: Jean Cocteau, Hans Richter | Stars: Jean Arp, Paul Bowles, Ceal Bryson, Alexander Calder

Votes: 165

37. Computer Chess (2013)

Not Rated | 92 min | Comedy

74 Metascore

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

Director: Andrew Bujalski | Stars: Kriss Schludermann, Tom Fletcher, Wiley Wiggins, Patrick Riester

Votes: 4,107 | Gross: $0.10M

38. Sergey (2016)

23 min | Documentary, Short

We follow Crimean born chess prodigy Sergey Karjakin on his quest for the world championship title and the struggles of being in the middle of the political conflict between Ukraine and Russia.

Director: Alexander Armas Kereklidis Turpin | Stars: Sergey Karjakin, Ruslan Ponomariov, Tatyana Karjakina, Alexander Karjakin

Votes: 6

39. The Tournament (2015)

83 min | Drama, Sport

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-... See full summary »

Director: Elodie Namer | Stars: Michelangelo Passaniti, Lou de Laâge, Magne-Håvard Brekke, Viktoria Kozlova

Votes: 374

41. Monk (2002–2009)
Episode: Mr. Monk and the Genius (2008)

TV-PG | 44 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Brilliant chess grandmaster Patrick Kloster's wife Linda Kloster goes to Monk saying that her husband is planning to murder her, and she wants him caught posthumously.

Director: Michael W. Watkins | Stars: Tony Shalhoub, Traylor Howard, Jason Gray-Stanford, Ted Levine

Votes: 476

42. La partie d'échecs (1994)

110 min | Comedy, Drama

In 19th century, a disillusioned priest helps a young boy drifter who's a chess wunderkind to move on up in life and social structures using his talent. Years later, he's a success, but game of life and love has higher stakes than chess.

Director: Yves Hanchar | Stars: Pierre Richard, Denis Lavant, Catherine Deneuve, James Wilby

Votes: 169

43. Dangerous Moves (1984)

100 min | Drama, Sport, Thriller

During the Cold War, the World Chess Championship clashed complete opposites - personal and political.

Director: Richard Dembo | Stars: Michel Piccoli, Alexandre Arbatt, Liv Ullmann, Leslie Caron

Votes: 934



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