Chess in the Cinema

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1. A Chess Dispute (1903)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short, Comedy

A stationary camera looks on as two dapper gents play a game of chess. One drinks and smokes, and when he looks away, his opponent moves two pieces. A fight ensues, first with the squirting... See full summary »

Director: Robert W. Paul | Star: Alfred Collins

Votes: 560

2. White Tiger (1923)

86 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Three crooks pull off a magnificent crime. As they're forced to hide out together they slowly begin to distrust each other.

Director: Tod Browning | Stars: Priscilla Dean, Matt Moore, Raymond Griffith, Wallace Beery

Votes: 100

3. 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

4. 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: 248

5. Chess Player (1938)

70 min | Drama, Fantasy

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: 37

6. 49th Parallel (1941)

Not Rated | 104 min | Drama, Thriller, War

A World War II U-boat crew are stranded in northern Canada. To avoid internment, they must make their way to the border and get into the still-neutral U.S.

Director: Michael Powell | Stars: Leslie Howard, Laurence Olivier, Raymond Massey, Anton Walbrook

Votes: 5,326

7. Casablanca (1942)

PG | 102 min | Drama, Romance, War

100 Metascore

A cynical American expatriate struggles to decide whether or not he should help his former lover and her fugitive husband escape French Morocco.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains

Votes: 486,024 | Gross: $1.02M

8. Beauty and the Beast (1946)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

92 Metascore

A beautiful young woman takes her father's place as the prisoner of a mysterious beast, who wishes to marry her.

Directors: Jean Cocteau, René Clément | Stars: Jean Marais, Josette Day, Mila Parély, Nane Germon

Votes: 22,676 | Gross: $0.30M

9. Stalag 17 (1953)

Not Rated | 120 min | Comedy, Drama, War

84 Metascore

When two escaping American World War II prisoners are killed, the German P.O.W. camp barracks black marketeer, J.J. Sefton, is suspected of being an informer.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: William Holden, Don Taylor, Otto Preminger, Robert Strauss

Votes: 48,634

10. The Killing (1956)

Not Rated | 84 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Crook Johnny Clay assembles a five man team to plan and execute a daring race-track robbery.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Sterling Hayden, Coleen Gray, Vince Edwards, Jay C. Flippen

Votes: 75,108

11. Le coup du berger (1956)

28 min | Short, Comedy, Romance

When an unfaithful wife receives a fur coat from her lover as a gift, they must figure out a way to keep the husband from discovering the coat's true origins.

Director: Jacques Rivette | Stars: Virginie Vitry, Anne Doat, Jacques Doniol-Valcroze, Jean-Claude Brialy

Votes: 700

12. 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

13. 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: 147,107

14. Fräulein (1958)

Not Rated | 95 min | Romance, War, Drama

A Nazi's fiancee helps an escaped U.S. soldier, then meets him in postwar Berlin.

Director: Henry Koster | Stars: Dana Wynter, Mel Ferrer, Dolores Michaels, Margaret Hayes

Votes: 155

15. 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

16. From Russia with Love (1963)

PG | 115 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

85 Metascore

James Bond willingly falls into an assassination plot involving a naive Russian beauty in order to retrieve a Soviet encryption device that was stolen by S.P.E.C.T.R.E.

Director: Terence Young | Stars: Sean Connery, Robert Shaw, Lotte Lenya, Daniela Bianchi

Votes: 107,985 | Gross: $24.80M

17. Zatoichi and the Chess Expert (1965)

Not Rated | 87 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

A samurai with a high skill in chess makes friends with Zatoichi, who finds that things become peculiar in his presence.

Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Mikio Narita, Chizu Hayashi, Kaneko Iwasaki

Votes: 1,098

18. Roundabout (I) (1966)

95 min | Drama

Every Sunday, lonely bachelor and refined judge Mladen goes to play chess with his friend, sculptor Fedji. Slowly, he engages in a love affair with Neda, Fedia's wife, and almost invisibly,... See full summary »

Director: Zvonimir Berkovic | Stars: Stevo Zigon, Milena Dravic, Relja Basic, Boris Festini

Votes: 438

19. 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

20. The Thomas Crown Affair (1968)

Approved | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

66 Metascore

A debonair, adventuresome bank executive believes he has pulled off the perfect multi-million dollar heist, only to match wits with a sexy insurance investigator who will do anything to get her man.

Director: Norman Jewison | Stars: Steve McQueen, Faye Dunaway, Paul Burke, Jack Weston

Votes: 20,736

21. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

G | 149 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi

82 Metascore

After discovering a mysterious artifact buried beneath the Lunar surface, mankind sets off on a quest to find its origins with help from intelligent supercomputer H.A.L. 9000.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester, Daniel Richter

Votes: 555,693 | Gross: $56.95M

22. 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: 141

23. The Chess Game of the Wind (1976)

93 min | Drama

The first lady of a noble house has died and now there is conflict between the remainders for taking over her heritage.

Director: Mohammad Reza Aslani | Stars: Shohreh Aghdashloo, Shahram Golchin, Mohamad Ali Keshavarz, Fakhri Khorvash

Votes: 58

24. The Chess Players (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: 2,752

25. 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

28. 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

29. When Father Was Away on Business (1985)

R | 136 min | Drama

A family is deeply affected by father's extramarital affairs and the turbulent consequences of Tito-Stalin split.

Director: Emir Kusturica | Stars: Moreno D'E Bartolli, Predrag 'Miki' Manojlovic, Mirjana Karanovic, Mustafa Nadarevic

Votes: 8,084 | Gross: $0.02M

31. Bobby Fischer bor i Pasadena (1990 TV Movie)

160 min | Drama

During one evening, night and morning we follow the decay of an upper-class family's last convulsive attempt to reconcile and reach mutual respect.

Director: Vibeke Bjelke | Stars: Bengt Blomgren, Lena Nyman, Stefan Sauk, Betty Tuvén

Votes: 12

32. King of Chess (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: 264

33. 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: 7,295 | Gross: $0.92M

34. 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: 27,532 | Gross: $7.27M

35. 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

36. 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

37. 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

38. 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

39. 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: 21,030

40. L'altra cara de la lluna (2000)

97 min | Drama, Thriller

A Spanish cleaning lady arrives in Aix en Provence the same day her son is being judged for murder. The public defender does what is in her hands, but she cannot avoid a sentence to life ... See full summary »

Director: Lluís Josep Comerón | Stars: Didier Bezace, Stefania Sandrelli, Carlos Fuentes, Ingrid Rubio

Votes: 29

41. 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

42. Check and Mate (2001)

98 min | Drama

Maria Adele is a 17-year-old chess prodigy who is tormented by terrible nightmares. Although she knows these nightmares are somehow connected to her childhood, she remembers nothing of ... See full summary »

Director: Claudia Florio | Stars: Barbora Bobulova, Toni Bertorelli, Ettore Bassi, Massimo De Rossi

Votes: 51

43. Entrusted (2003 TV Movie)

130 min | Drama, Thriller

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 ... See full summary »

Director: Giacomo Battiato | Stars: Klaus Maria Brandauer, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Claire Keim

Votes: 639

44. 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

45. O Xadrez das Cores (2004)

Short

CIDA, a black woman of forty years will work for Mary, an old woman of eighty, childless widow who is extremely racist. The relationship between the two women begins tumultuous, with Mary ... See full summary »

Director: Marco Schiavon | Stars: Míriam Pires, Zezeh Barbosa, Anselmo Vasconcelos, Rita Guedes

Votes: 13

46. 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

47. The Prince of Chess (2005)

50 min | Documentary

Follow the brilliant mind of 13 year old Chess Grand Master Magnus Carlsen

Director: Øyvind Asbjørnsen | Stars: Magnus Carlsen, Garry Kasparov

Votes: 60

48. A Good Year (2006)

PG-13 | 117 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

47 Metascore

A British investment broker inherits his uncle's chateau and vineyard in Provence, where he spent much of his childhood. He discovers a new laid-back lifestyle as he tries to renovate the estate to be sold.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Russell Crowe, Abbie Cornish, Albert Finney, Marion Cotillard

Votes: 83,648 | Gross: $7.46M