Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993)
IMDB Rating: 7.5/10
Available on Netflix: Yes (As Innocent Moves)
We start this list with a movie that just about everyone has seen. Even if they’re not a chess fanatic. Yet, we can’t have a list of the best chess movies without mentioning Searching for Bobby Fischer.
Based on the childhood of chess prodigy Josh Waitzkin (just in case the movie’s title lead you to believe it was about Bobby Fischer) and his journey in the chess world of New York City, including plenty of scenes in the famous Washington Square park.
With Ben Kingsley as chess coach Bruce Pandolfini and Laurence Fishburne as chess hustler “Vinnie”, the movie has a great cast.
This is the kind of movie that people who aren’t interested in chess love, so if you’re a chess fan then this is certainly one you won’t want to miss.
Pawn Sacrifice (2014)
IMDB Rating: 7/10
Available on Netflix: Yes
Ask a group of chess fans about their favourite event in chess history and the 1972 World Championship will one of the more frequent answers you hear.
It was billed as Boris Spassky versus Bobby Fischer, but really it was more than that; it was the United States versus the Soviet Union. It was capitalism versus communism.
It may have taken 42 years, but finally we have a movie that tells the story of this famous competition.
With Tobey Maguire starring as Fischer and Live Schreiber as Spassky, the movie has a great cast.
While not as famous as some of the other movies listed here, outside the chess world at least, this one is definitely worth a watch.