Best Chess Movies

A lot of great stories come from the world of chess. It is for this reason that there have been multiple chess movies and documentaries that tell about the drama, triumph and struggles of famous chess masters. Below is our top selection of the best chess movies to watch verified by putlockers movies. 

Searching for Bobby Fischer

Directed by Steven Zailian, this movie is about a seven-year-old boy (Josh Waitzkin) who plays chess for the first time and beats his father. The father is impressed with his son’s talent and decides to invest in his career as a chess player.
The film is about Josh Waitzkin who became a chess international master as well as a martial arts champion. He later abandoned chess and dedicated himself to martial arts and philosophy and has written a few successful books.


Magnus is a 2016 documentary film that is directed by Benjamin Ree. The film focuses on Magnus’ childhood and his rise to become a world champion. The film also features his face-off with Kasparov back when he was 13 years old as well as his match against Anand for the Chennai World Championship match.

Queen of Katwe

Directed by Mira Nair, the Queen of Katwe is a true story about a Ugandan girl (Phiona Mutesi) whose life changes after she is introduced into the world of chess. Phiona lives in the slums of katwe and is introduced to chess by Robert Katende who is played by David Oyelowo. Phiona discovered that she has a talent for chess, and this made her go for local tournaments where she became successful.
She then played on international levels, and this exposed her to life outside Katwe. As a result, she was able to lift her family from poverty. The movie follows the underdog sports storyline and stars Lupita Nyong’o, David Oyelowo, Madina Nalwanga and Martin Kabanza.

Brooklyn Castle

This 2012 documentary is about a chess team at a public middle school in Brooklyn which goes through triumph and struggles in order to become one of the most triumphant scholastic chess programs. The film shows how the head chess teacher (Elizabeth Spiegel) leads the intermediate school 318 to win more and more championships.
In fact, it was the first school team to be the victor in the National High School Championship. The film is directed by Katie Dellamaggiore.

Bobby Fischer Against the World

Bobby Fischer Against the World is a 2011 documentary that tells the story of former chess player Bobby Fischer. It shows his dedication and participation in the World Chess Championship in 1972 where he won against Boris Spassky. It also includes interviews with personalities who were influenced by Fischer including Garry Kasparov, Larry Evans and Susan Polgar.

The Luzhin Defense

The Luzhin Defense is a 2000 film that tells the story of Aleksandr Ivanovich Luzhin (John Turturro). Luzhin is a talented chess player, and he gets the opportunity to travel to Italy in order to compete in a tournament. It is here that he meets Natalia Katkov played by actress Emily Watson. Two worlds collide when these two fall in love.
Luzhin’s old coach, Leo Valentinov (Stuart Wilson), advises his opponent (Fabio Sartor). The game is adjourned, and this works best for Dottore. When this happens, Luzhin’s former coach kidnaps him and abandons him. This brings him memories of his painful childhood, and he is taken to hospital because of mental exhaustion.
As a result, he is forbidden from playing chess. This did not settle well with Luzhin, and he commits suicide by jumping from the window. Luckily, Natalia, Luzhin’s fiancé, finds his notes on the game and uses them to finish his opponent with his winning movies.

Pawn Sacrifice

Set during the cold war, Pawn Sacrifice is a 2014 drama based on American chess prodigy Bobby Fischer. The film explores Bobby Fischer played by actor Tobey Maquire and his win in the World Championship match against Boris Spassky played by Liev Scheiber. The movie follows his rise to chess since he was a young boy and his obsession for the game.

The above chess movies are based on true stories, comedy, drama and adventure. Chess is the central point for these movies and can entertain even those who do not enjoy the game. So get some popcorn ready and enjoy this selection of entertaining movies.