Top chess movies

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Discover the list of best chess movies, ranked by movie lovers.

Based on 12 opinions, the movie Pawn Sacrifice, with Tobey Maguire si Lily Rabe, came out on top as the best chess movie, and in the following positions: Searching for Bobby Fischer and Critical Thinking from 2020. See below the top 10 chess movies recommended by film fans or movie experts.

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1Pawn Sacrifice
2015 - Tobey Maguire, Lily Rabe, Peter Sarsgaard, Liev Schreiber, Sophie Nélisse, Michael Stuhlbarg, Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick, Conrad Pla, Aiden Lovekamp, Evelyne Brochu, Robin Weigert

Thriller, Drama

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American chess champion Bobby Fischer prepares for a legendary match-up against Russian Boris Spassky. more
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2Searching for Bobby Fischer
1993 - Max Pomeranc, Joe Mantegna, Joan Allen, Ben Kingsley, Laurence Fishburne, Michael Nirenberg, Robert Stephens, David Paymer, Hal Scardino, Vasek Simek, William H. Macy

Drama

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A prepubescent chess prodigy refuses to harden himself in order to become a champion like the famous but unlikable Bobby Fischer. more
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3Critical Thinking
2020 - John Leguizamo, Rachel Bay Jones, Michael Kenneth Williams, Corwin C. Tuggles, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Angel Bismark Curiel, Will Hochman, Jeffry Batista, Zora Casebere, Ramses Jimenez, Todd Allen Durkin

Drama

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Based on a true story from 1998, five Latino and Black teenagers from the toughest underserved ghetto in Miami fight their way into the National Che... more
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4Life of a King
2013 - Cuba Gooding Jr., Dennis Haysbert, LisaGay Hamilton, Paula Jai Parker, Richard T. Jones, Carlton Byrd, Thurston Hill, Chidi Ajufo, Jaida - Iman Benjamin, Rickey Brown

Drama

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Life of a King is the true story of one man's mission to give inner city kids of Washington DC something he never had - a future. After being in... more
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5Magnus
2016 - Magnus Carlsen, Viswanathan Anand, Henrik Carlsen, Espen Agdestein, Ellen Carlsen, Jon-Ludvig Hammer

Documentary

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From a young age Magnus Carlsen had aspirations of becoming a champion chess player. While many players seek out an intensely rigid environment to h... more
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6Queen of Katwe
2016 - Madina Nalwanga, David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong'o, Martin Kabanza, Taryn Kay Kyaze, Esther Tebandeke, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine, Ethan Nazario Lubega, Nikita Waligwa, Ronald Ssemaganda, Peter Odeke

Drama

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A young girl overcomes her disadvantaged upbringing in the slums of Uganda to become a Chess master. more
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7The Coldest Game
2019 - Bill Pullman, Lotte Verbeek, Nicholas Farrell, Corey Johnson, Robert Więckiewicz, James Bloor, Aleksey Serebryakov, Evgeniy Sidikhin, Cezary Kosiński, Aleksandr Lobanov, Wojciech Mecwaldowski

Thriller

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During 1962's Cuban missile crisis, a troubled math genius finds himself drafted to play in a U.S.-Soviet chess match -- and a deadly game of es... more
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8The Luzhin Defence
2000 - John Turturro, Emily Watson, Geraldine James, Stuart Wilson, Fabio Sartor, Peter Blythe, Orla Brady, Mark Tandy, Kelly Hunter

Romance, Drama

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Based upon the novel by Vladimir Nabokov, a chess grandmaster travels to Italy in the 1920s to play in a tournament and falls in love. more
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9A Little Game
2014 - Ralph Macchio, Janeane Garofalo, F. Murray Abraham, Fatima Ptacek, Kimberly Quinn, Rachel Dratch, Olympia Dukakis, Tovah Feldshuh, Oona Laurence, Makenna Ballard, Fina Strazza

Family, Adventure

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Ostracized at her posh new uptown school and shaken by the death of her beloved grandmother, a 10 year-old downtown girl finds an unlikely mentor in... more
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10Fresh
1994 - Sean Nelson, Giancarlo Esposito, Samuel L. Jackson, N'Bushe Wright, Ron Brice, Jean-Claude La Marre, José Zúñiga, Luis Lantigua, Yul Vazquez, Cheryl Freeman, Anthony Thomas

Crime, Drama, Thriller

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Michael is a 12-year-old drug pusher who lives in a crowded house with his cousins and aunt. His father has become a street bum, but still meets wit... more
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