Movies about chessby sp | created - 12 Sep 2012 | updated - 21 Nov 2013 | Public
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 »
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 »
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.
4. Brainwashed (1960)
102 min | Drama
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 »
Stefan Zweig's "The Royal Game"
6. Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993)
PG | 109 min | Biography, Drama
A prepubescent chess prodigy refuses to harden himself in order to become a champion like the famous but unlikable Bobby Fischer.
Votes: 26,286 | 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 »
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 »
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 »
Votes: 6,827 | Gross: $0.92M
11. Queen to Play (2009)
Unrated | 101 min | Drama
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 »
Votes: 2,408 | Gross: $0.48M
12. The Creatures (1966)
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.
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
About Sergei Khlebnikov
18. Belyy sneg Rossii (1980)
91 min | Biography, Drama
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 »
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
The Most Dangerous Match
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.
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 »
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.
30. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)
PG | 152 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
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.
Votes: 532,617 | Gross: $317.58M
31. Alice in Wonderland (I) (2010)
PG | 108 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
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.
Votes: 344,666 | Gross: $334.19M
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »