Movies about chess

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Feature films about chess players

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1. 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: 3,192

2. Shatranj Ke Khilari (1977)

Not Rated | 129 min | Comedy, Drama, History

Wazed Ali Shah was the ruler of one of the last independent kingdoms of India. The British, intent on controlling this rich country, had sent general Outram on a secret mission to clear the... See full summary »

Director: Satyajit Ray | Stars: Sanjeev Kumar, Saeed Jaffrey, Shabana Azmi, Farida Jalal

Votes: 2,582

3. The Seventh Seal (1957)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Fantasy

A man seeks answers about life, death, and the existence of God as he plays chess against the Grim Reaper during the Black Plague.

Director: Ingmar Bergman | Stars: Max von Sydow, Gunnar Björnstrand, Bengt Ekerot, Nils Poppe

Votes: 136,242

4. 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: 459

Stefan Zweig's "The Royal Game"

5. 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: 3,995 | Gross: $1.05M

6. 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: 26,395 | Gross: $7.27M

7. Uncovered (1994)

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: 1,889

Arturo Pérez-Reverte's "The Flanders Panel"

8. If Tomorrow Comes (1986)

304 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

This mini-series focuses on two people, Tracy Whitney and Jeff Stevens. In the beginning, Tracy was an innocent, who was in love and pregnant, with the son of an affluent family. She is ... See full summary »

Stars: Madolyn Smith Osborne, Tom Berenger, David Keith, Jack Weston

Votes: 1,437

9. 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: 6,885 | Gross: $0.92M

10. Final Move (2006)

R | 91 min | Thriller

A psychic and a cop track a serial killer who is copying a killer who just got executed.

Director: Joey Travolta | Stars: Matt Schulze, Lochlyn Munro, David Carradine, Daniel Baldwin

Votes: 415

11. 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: 2,413 | Gross: $0.48M

12. The Creatures (1966)

Not Rated | 92 min | Drama, Fantasy

A young mute woman, living in a small village, is expecting a baby. Her husband is at the same time writing a novel and using the villagers as his characters. In the creative process, reality and imagination are constantly intertwined.

Director: Agnès Varda | Stars: Catherine Deneuve, Michel Piccoli, Eva Dahlbeck, Marie-France Mignal

Votes: 278

13. Dangerous Moves (1984)

100 min | Drama, Thriller

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 ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 879

14. Patrie (1946)

100 min | Drama

Brussels in the year 1568, as the Flemish people are fighting against the tyranny of the Spanish occupiers. Led by Count de Rysoor, the revolt against the ruthless Duke of Alba, is meant to... See full summary »

Director: Louis Daquin | Stars: Pierre Blanchar, Jean Desailly, Maria Mauban, Lucien Nat

15. Shakhmatnaya goryachka (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: 965

17. Grossmeyster (1973)

93 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

Chess Grandmaster Sergei Khlebnikov is a highly talented and unusual person, living in the 1970s Soviet Union. His is obsessed with making a beautiful game. But his emotional and irrational... See full summary »

Director: Sergey Mikaelyan | Stars: Andrey Myagkov, Larisa Malevannaya, Emmanuil Vitorgan, Lyudmila Kasatkina

Votes: 136

About Sergei Khlebnikov

About Aleksandr Alekhin in emigration. Alexander Kotov's film

19. 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: 105

This film presents elements of the lives of chess world champions Wilhelm Steinitz and Bobby Fischer.

20. El juego de Arcibel (2003)

Not Rated | 115 min | Drama, Fantasy

A chess columnist ends in prison when one of his columns is mistakenly seen as a subversive attack. From there he invents a game of war and strategy and a cellmate who escapes uses it initiating a real revolution. Gripping story.

Director: Alberto Lecchi | Stars: Darío Grandinetti, Diego Torres, Juan Echanove, Juan Diego

Votes: 251

21. 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: 160

23. The Chess Player (1927)

135 min | Drama, Fantasy

In 1776, an inventor conceals a Polish nobleman in his chess-playing automaton, a machine whose fame leads it to the court of the Russian empress.

Director: Raymond Bernard | Stars: Pierre Blanchar, Charles Dullin, Édith Jéhanne, Camille Bert

Votes: 238

By the Henry Dupuis-Mazuel's novel, about the Mechanical Turk

24. Le joueur d'échecs (1938)

70 min | Drama

A toymaker in Poland specializes in building lifesize mechanical men. He builds a chess-playing "automaton" to hide a pretty young Polish activist who is being hunted by occupying Russian forces.

Director: Jean Dréville | Stars: Françoise Rosay, Conrad Veidt, Bernard Lancret, Micheline Francey

Votes: 31

By the Henry Dupuis-Mazuel's novel, about the Mechanical Turk

25. Le collectionneur des cerveaux (1976 TV Movie)

93 min | Horror, Mystery

A young pianist is shocked when she witnesses a strange chess tournament with a robot. Could there be a gruesome secret behind this exhibition?

Director: Michel Subiela | Stars: Claude Jade, François Dunoyer, André Reybaz, Roger Crouzet

Votes: 212

26. Columbo (1971–2003)
Episode: The Most Dangerous Match (1973)

Not Rated | 74 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A chess player murders his opponent before a big match. Lt. Columbo must out-maneuver this crafty, but craven, killer.

Director: Edward M. Abroms | Stars: Peter Falk, Laurence Harvey, Lloyd Bochner, Jack Kruschen

Votes: 1,449

27. 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: Gonzales, Tiga Sontag, Peaches, George Anthony

Votes: 117

28. 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: 659

30. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)

PG | 152 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

64 Metascore

An orphaned boy enrolled in a school of wizardry, where he learns the truth about himself, his family and the terrible evil that haunts the magical world.

Director: Chris Columbus | Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Richard Harris, Maggie Smith

Votes: 537,024 | Gross: $317.58M

31. Alice in Wonderland (I) (2010)

PG | 108 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

53 Metascore

Nineteen-year-old Alice returns to the magical world from her childhood adventure, where she reunites with her old friends and learns of her true destiny: to end the Red Queen's reign of terror.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway

Votes: 346,117 | Gross: $334.19M

32. 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: 10,739 | Gross: $8.09M

33. 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: 991

34. 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: 924

35. Qi wang (1991)

109 min | Drama

Hong Kong ad man Ching (John Shum) is recruited by an old friend to boost the rating of a tv game show in Taiwan. After discovering a child with psychic abilities, he sets up a televised ... See full summary »

Directors: Ho Yim, Hark Tsui | Stars: Tony Ka Fai Leung, John Sham, Lin Yang, Koon-Chung Chan

Votes: 250

36. Hatley High (2003)

90 min | Comedy, Romance

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... See full summary »

Director: Phil Price | Stars: Nicolas Wright, Rachelle Lefevre, Nwamiko Madden, James A. Woods

Votes: 430

37. Vesyoloye snovideniye, ili smekh i slyozy (1976 TV Movie)

133 min | Comedy

A student and chess lover Andrey Popov, while getting sick the night before a chess game with a chess world champion Karpov, falls asleep and is having a dream. In this dream, he finds ... See full summary »

Director: Igor Usov | Stars: Sergei Krupennikov, Yuliya Shulepova, Sergey Filippov, Vladimir Trukhanov

Votes: 30



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