42 Best Chess Movies All of the Time [Updated List]

Here is the list and trailers of 42 best chess movies of all the time. In this review we will summarize these chess movies in short paragraphs, so you can sort out which chess movie to watch next. 

So let’s start.

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List of 42 Chess Movies

Here are all chess movies by date. You will read a short summary of these movies and trailers as well. Let’s begin.

  1. A Chess Dispute (1903)
  2. Chess Fever (1925)
  3. The Seventh Seal (1957)
  4. 8 × 8: A Chess Sonata in 8 Movements (1957)
  5. Brainwashed (1960)
  6. Zatoichi and the Chess Expert (1965)
  7. The Chess Players (1977)
  8. Schwarz und weib wie Tage und Nachte (1978)
  9. The Great Chess Movie (1982)
  10. Dangerous Moves (1984)
  11. Queen Sacrifice (1988)
  12. The Grass Arena (1991)
  13. Knight Moves (1992)
  14. Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993)
  15. Fresh (1994)
  16. Uncovered (1994)
  17. Long Live the Queen (1995)
  18. Geri’s Game (1997)
  19. Critical Thinking (1998)
  20. Endgame (1999)
  21. The Luzhin Defence (2000)
  22. Game Over: Kasparov and the Machine (2003)
  23. Knights of the South Bronx (2005)
  24. The Chess Set (2005)
  25. Queen of Cactus Cove (2005)
  26. Chess King (2008)
  27. Queen to Play (2009)
  28. Me and Bobby Fischer (2009)
  29. Ivory Tower (2010)
  30. Bobby Fischer Against the World (2011)
  31. Odysseus’ Gambit (2011)
  32. Brooklyn Castle (2012)
  33. Computer Chess (2013)
  34. Life of a King (2013)
  35. The Dark Horse (2014)
  36. Pawn Sacrifice (2014)
  37. A Little Game (2014)
  38. The Tournament (2015)
  39. Magnus (2016)
  40. Queen of Katwe (2016)
  41. The Chess Player (2017)
  42. The Queen’s Gambit (2020)


41 Chess Movies Trailers

Here you will read short summaries of these movies. You have to decide which movie to watch first. And if you are a chess player then you can watch all these 42 chess movies. So let’s begin.

A Chess Dispute (1903)

This is a black & white silent funny chess movie. In this movie, two gentlemen fight comedically in chess. Here is the trailer of A Chess Dispute.



Chess Fever (1925)

This movie is about 1925 chess tournament in soviet. This is also silent and comedy movie. This movie contained original clips of chess tournament of Moscow in 1925. This clip is 19 minutes long.


The Seventh Seal (1957)

A man is searching for existing of God and asking questions about life, death. He plays chess against the grim reaper.


8 × 8: A Chess Sonata in 8 Movements

This is a fairy tale chess movie based on the subconscious of mind.


Brainwashed (1960)

A chess champion wants to join an important chess tournament by ship. His ship was late because of one passenger. However, passengers ask chess champion to play and chess champion agreed. The chess champion was nearly winning but suddenly one person joined the scene and the game was drawn. for more details, you have to watch the whole movie.


Zatoichi and the Chess Expert (1965)

I am afraid I am unable to summarize this movie. If you know sth about it please mention it in comments. Thanks :).


The Chess Players (1977)

This is a movie about two wealthy chess players in India in 1857. The film was released in 1977. The full film is available on YouTube. Here is the trailer of The Chess Players.



Schwarz und weib wie Tage und Nachte (1978)

A scientist stopped playing chess after a nervous breakdown but he creates an undefeatable chess program. The suspense comes into play when a Russian chess champion beats the masterwork. For more details, you have to watch the movie. :).


The Great Chess Movie (1982)

This movie is about great chess players like Bobby Fischer, Anatoly Karpov, Viktor Korchnoi and Ljubomir Ljubojevic.


Dangerous Moves (1984)

This movie tells the story of two chess players who were competing for the world title. One player who holds the title is a 52-year-old player and 2nd one is 35 years old. This movie was released in 1984 and the running time of this movie is 110 minutes. I didn’t find the trailer on the internet. 🙁 .


Queen Sacrifice (1988)

This is a 30-minute chess movie about a school chess champion.



The Grass Arena (1991)

Its a true story of John Healy. Who was raised in a religious family with an abusive father. He took part in boxing but addicted to alcoholism. When he reached into jail and someone told him about chess. Then he realized his talent in chess.



Knight Moves (1992)

This movie is about a chess grandmaster who has charges of several murders. This movie was published in 1922.


Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993)

A boy’s family hires a chess coach for the boy. A chess coach was very strict and he wanted to make this boy as a bobby Fischer. That you have to win at every cost. Then another coach appeared whose approach is totally different than the previous. In the end, the boy found his own approach to chess.


Fresh (1994)

A 12-year-old boy is running drugs for gangsters. His father was a speed chess champion. Boy was inspired by his father’s lessons on chess. These chess lessons helped a boy to make a brilliant plan to free himself and her sister from drugs.


Uncovered (1994)

Julia read the message ” Who killed the knight ” in Latin language. Julia solved a 500-year-old mystery.


Long Live the Queen (1995)

A fairy tale of a girl who learned chess and found his father. I did not find the trailer of this movie so here is the cover of the movie.

long live the queen (Chess movie)
Photo Credit: letterboxd.com


Geri’s Game (1997)

It’s a short animated film about an old man who played a chess game against himself.


Critical Thinking (1998)

Its a story of American chess teacher who helps his team for chess championship. I did not find the trailer of the movie. Here is the cover photo of the movie.

critical thinking (chess movie)
Photo credit: imdb.com


Endgame (1999)

Its a short chess movie about man and woman who are playing chess.


The Luzhin Defence (2000)

Its a story about a mentally ill chess grandmaster who met a girl in Italy in chess championship.


Game Over: Kasparov and the Machine (2003)

Its a documentary about Garry Kasparov and Deep Blue ( A chess computer created by IBM). Garry Kasparov has beaten this computer in easily in 1996. And he offered rematch by Deep Blue. Which Kasparov accepted and won the first round of it with white pieces. In these games between Kasparov and Deep Blue, Kasparov faced psychological pressure and lost against Deep Blue.


Knights of the South Bronx (2005)

It’s about a school teacher who helps his students to succeed by teaching chess.


The Chess Set (2005)

Two old men enjoy playing chess in the town. One day a stranger meets them and one of the old man die. This is a story of grief, friendship and hope for the better. I did not find any trailer or cover of this movie.


Queen of Cactus Cove (2005)

It’s about teenage who faces defeat first time in the chess tournament in front of his best friend at a big chess tournament.



Chess King (2008)

You will learn 14 lessons in this movie. Like greetings lesson, appreciation lesson, introduction lesson, apology lesson and list goes on.

I did not find the trailer of this movie so here is the cover photo of the chess king movie.

chess king movie cover photo
Photo Credit: imdb.com


Queen to Play (2009)

She works at the house of the American doctor. She showed an interest in chess. The doctor helped her to improve her chess.


Me and Bobby Fischer (2009)

Its a documentary on Bobby Fischer’s last year. A friend helps Bobby Fischer in Japan’s jail and settle him in Iceland.


Ivory Tower (2010)

Its a story about a chess grandmaster who returns at his home in Canada after the tournament. He found that his brother engaged in ex-girlfriend.


Bobby Fischer Against the World (2011)

It’s about the documentary of Bobby Fischer. In the film, many famous grandmasters express their views on the life of  Bobby Fischer.



Odysseus’ Gambit (2011)

It’s a story about a homeless person from Cambodia who immigrated in New York and maintains his life by playing chess.


Brooklyn Castle (2012)

Its a story about junior school team. The goal is to make the most winning chess junior team in the United States.

Computer Chess (2013)

Two teams compete to make the best chess computer program. It’s a black & white movie. Published in 2013.


Life of a King (2013)

Its a true story of Eugene Brown (Cuba Gooding Jr.). He established a chess club for inner-city teenagers in Washington D.C. The famous quote from the movie ” Take care of the King, everything else follows “.


The Dark Horse (2014)

This is a true story film. as TIME magazine described “One of the greatest New Zealand films ever made”. It’s based on Grandmaster  Genesis Potini’s life. Genesis Potini is a brilliant chess player from Newzealand.


Pawn Sacrifice (2014)

It’s a true story of Bobby Fischer’s life. In this movie shown, how Bobby Fischer faced challenges against Soviet chess player in his life.


A Little Game (2014)

A little girl finds lessons in chess which she applied to her life. She finds new ways by playing chess.


The Tournament (2015)

It’s a French drama. A Hungarian chess player destroys the peace of the international chess tournament at Budapest.



Magnus (2016)

Its a documentary about current chess world champion ” Magnus Carlsen “. This movie tells how Magnus Carlsen becomes chess grandmaster and how he won the chess championship of 2013.


Queen of Katwe (2016)

This is the true story of Ugandan female chess player Phiona Mutesi. How she learned a game of chess and become the first titled player of Uganda.


The Chess Player (2017)

A chess player from Spain moved to Paris in order to avoid civil war was but arrested by Nazi and sent prison.



The Queen’s Gambit Official Trailer


These were the 42 chess movies we found if you know other than then these please comment below. or You can comment below top 3 chess movies according to you. Good Luck.

  • Hans Walther
    30/11/2019 at 8:40 pm

    The trailer of ‘Long live the Queen’ can be seen here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PgoaXy1nch8

    • admin
      08/12/2019 at 5:19 pm

      Thanks for sharing!

  • Miguel
    20/04/2020 at 6:05 am

    Critical thinking 2020

    The Coldest game 2019

    Fahim 2019

    • admin
      20/04/2020 at 11:49 pm


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