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1. Pawn Sacrifice (2014)

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

7.0
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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: 34,976 | Gross: $2.44M

2. Queen of Katwe (2016)

PG | 124 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

7.4
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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: 13,052 | Gross: $8.81M

3. The Dark Horse (2014)

R | 124 min | Biography, Drama

7.5
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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: 5,255 | Gross: $0.06M

4. Knight Moves (1992)

R | 116 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.1
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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: 7,198 | Gross: $0.92M

5. Computer Chess (2013)

Not Rated | 92 min | Comedy

6.3
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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: 4,047 | Gross: $0.10M

6. Bobby Fischer Against the World (2011)

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

7.4
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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: 6,388

7. Daddy or Mommy (2015)

85 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.0
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Florence and Vincent Leroy are successful in business, marriage and children. Today, it's their divorce they want to succeed in. But when they both receive the promotion they've always ... See full summary »

Director: Martin Bourboulon | Stars: Laurent Lafitte, Marina Foïs, Alexandre Desrousseaux, Anna Lemarchand

Votes: 3,606

8. Queen to Play (2009)

Unrated | 101 min | Drama

6.9
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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: 2,497 | Gross: $0.48M

9. The Tournament (2015)

83 min | Drama, Sport

5.7
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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: 367

10. Lang leve de koningin (1995)

118 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

7.2
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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: 973

11. Dangerous Moves (1984)

100 min | Drama, Sport, Thriller

6.6
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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: 919

12. Hide and Seek (1964)

90 min | Action, Thriller, Crime

6.8
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A Cambridge astrophysicist on routine business in London finds it frustratingly difficult to return a wallet of money to an Eastern European friend, a task complicated by a puzzling if scatterbrained society girl.

Director: Cy Endfield | Stars: Ian Carmichael, Curd Jürgens, Janet Munro, George Pravda

Votes: 70

13. Son of Cain (2013)

90 min | Thriller

6.2
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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: 673

14. Chess (2003 Video)

127 min | Musical

7.9
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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: 139

15. Chess Fever (1925)

Not Rated | 28 min | Comedy, Short

7.3
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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: 1,020

16. Murray Head: One Night in Bangkok (1985 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

7.2
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Murray Head performs in the music video "One Night in Bangkok" from the album "Chess" recorded for RCA Records. The video begins with an animated chessboard breaking down. It features ... See full summary »

Director: David G. Hillier | Star: Murray Head

Votes: 65

17. Hatley High (2003)

90 min | Comedy, Romance

6.3
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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: 428

18. The Mighty Pawns (1987 TV Movie)

57 min | Drama

6.0
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Inner city kids are given new direction when they are convinced to join the school chess team.

Director: Eric Laneuville | Stars: Rosalind Cash, Sean Thomas Danley, Theo Forsett, Shawn Harrison

Votes: 32

19. Chess Kids: Special Edition (2011)

Unrated | 81 min | Documentary

8.4
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Follow-up interviews with the original child chess prodigies, nearly 20 years later.

Director: Lynn Hamrick | Stars: Bruce Pandolfini, Morgan Pehme, Judit Polgar, Josh Waitzkin

Votes: 23

20. Checkmate (IV) (2011)

Not Rated | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

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Guy Ali, betrayed by his wife and business partner, returns from prison to find that his sister has fallen behind on the home mortgage and faces foreclosure. Motivated by a ten million ... See full summary »

Directors: Ross Lee, Brian Michaels, Kewin Muhammad, Mary Redmon | Stars: Kewin Muhammad, Terence V. Steele, Herrari Hamilton, B. Breezy

21. All the Right Moves (2015)

Documentary

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Chess enthusiasts and the worlds leading grand masters battle it out to win this one of a kind open chess tournament in Gibraltar.

Director: Armand Attard | Stars: Stuart Conquest, Irina Krush, Dominic Lawson, Hikaru Nakamura

22. Todd and the Book of Pure Evil (2010–2012)
Episode: Checkmate (2010)

TV-MA | 23 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

8.3
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A genius chess player gets his hands on the book and forms a bizarre cult in the chessnasium, convinced that Todd is the Pure Evil One come to bring about the apocalypse. The cult tries to lure Todd into a trap to destroy him.

Director: James Genn | Stars: Alex House, Maggie Castle, Bill Turnbull, Melanie Leishman

Votes: 52

23. Dekalog (1989–1990)
Episode: Dekalog, jeden (1989)

TV-MA | 55 min | Drama

8.5
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"I am the Lord thy God; thou shalt have no other God but me." Ten-year-old Pawel and his father Krzysztof run their lives on their beloved home computer, while Pawel's aunt worries that his... See full summary »

Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski | Stars: Henryk Baranowski, Wojciech Klata, Maja Komorowska, Artur Barcis

Votes: 5,294

24. Gotham (2014–2019)
Episode: Heroes Rise: How the Riddler Got His Name (2017)

TV-14 | 43 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.3
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Ed finally got Penguin to pay for his terrible actions and finds himself with a new dilemma on which path to take.

Director: T.J. Scott | Stars: Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, David Mazouz, Morena Baccarin

Votes: 1,542

25. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000–2015)
Episode: Killer Moves (2014)

TV-14 | 43 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.4
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CSI searches for a killer whose victims and locations resemble moves on a chess board, and Greg is forced to turn to an old mentor to search for clues about the next victims.

Director: Alec Smight | Stars: Ted Danson, Elisabeth Shue, George Eads, Jorja Fox

Votes: 238

26. Myyntimies Jethro (2014– )
Episode: Shakkimestari Jethro (2014)

60 min | Reality-TV

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Director: Sanna-Sisko Tohka | Stars: Jethro Rostedt, Heikki Hilander, Ali Jahangiri, Mikko Kouki

27. The X-Files (1993– )
Episode: The End (1998)

TV-14 | 46 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

9.0
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A government assassin is caught trying to kill child chess prodigy Gibson Praise during an international chess tournament. Mulder's old flame Agent Diana Fowley arrives to help on the case but Scully is suspicious of her.

Director: R.W. Goodwin | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, Nicholas Lea

Votes: 2,440

28. Leverage (2008–2012)
Episode: The Queen's Gambit Job (2011)

TV-14 | 43 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

8.8
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Sterling asks Nate to steal a nuclear reactor component which someone intends to use to produce uranium which will then be sold to terrorists. Nate thinks Sterling is holding something back... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan Frakes | Stars: Timothy Hutton, Gina Bellman, Christian Kane, Beth Riesgraf

Votes: 406



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