5 Best Chess TV Shows and Movies (Besides The Queen's Gambit)

5 Best Chess TV Shows and Movies (Besides The Queen's Gambit)
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Want to learn how to play chess? These movies and TV shows might be helpful.

Chess has really gotten a popularity boost in recent years. The 2020 The Queen’s Gambit largely contributed to it. But there are many decent chess movies and TV series about chess that deserve your attention.

Critical Thinking (2020 Movie)

This 2020 film, directed by and starring John Leguizamo, is the true story of a Miami high school teacher who helps his students overcome numerous obstacles to win the National Chess Championship.

It's not just a chess movie; it's a story of inspiration, determination, and the power of education. You can’t help but root for these kids every step of the way.

The Dark Horse (2014 Movie)

This gem from New Zealand is a raw and powerful depiction of a man battling his personal demons and finding solace in teaching chess to local youth.

The lead performance is absolutely stunning, and this is definitely a must-watch for any chess enthusiast.

Endgame (2011 Series)

Endgame is a series that's as clever as it is entertaining. Imagine a Russian chess master turned detective, solving crimes the way he plays chess — with intuition and strategic brilliance.

Each episode is a new game, a new puzzle. And it’s really addictive.

Queen of Katwe (2016 Movie)

Queen of Katwe is an uplifting story about a girl from the slums of Uganda who becomes a chess prodigy. A real queen indeed.

Yes, the movie is about chess but as much as it is about breaking barriers and finding hope in the most unlikely places.

Pawn Sacrifice (2014 Movie)

Pawn Sacrifice takes us back to the Cold War era, focusing on the legendary chess match between Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky.

It's a psychological thriller that delves deep into Fischer's mind, showing us the fine line between genius and madness. And Tobey Maguire truly shines in this role.