5 Great, Weird & Notable Board Game Movies

The Queens Gambit, NETFLIX

Board games is an interest that’s shared by a great deal of bridge players.

If you’re a lover of bridge, then I’m willing to bet that you won’t say no to the occasional game of Monopoly, Magic: The Gathering, or Clue. (That’s Cluedo in some parts of the world.)

These games aren’t just fun to play. They’re fun to see other people play.

It turns out that the tabletop makes a great cinematic topic, too.

What’s your favourite board game movie?

Here are some of the greatest, weirdest, and most notable board game movies out there.

1: Jumanji

I’m talking about the original movie here, kids. The one starring Robin Williams as a bearded wandered in the board game universe, and not the latest starring The Rock.

Jumanji stands out as a board game movie classic.

The premise is catchy, the effects blew minds at the time, and it’s a cool take on how bad the average board game night can go.

Have you seen it yet? You should. (Even if you have, watch it again!)

2: Murder Mystery

Murder Mystery stars Adam Sandler. That’s the one thing that’s either going to make you watch this movie, or avoid it.

Take my advice and see it anyway.

If you’re imagining Sandler’s usual slapstick humour, prepare to be surprised. Murder Mystery feels far removed from his usual style, and that’s what makes it notable.

The story plays out like a game of Cluedo on a cruise ship.

It’s something any board game fans will take to, and fast.

I’ll say it: Murder Mystery was a pretty good movie.

3: Game Night

Game Night isn’t your typical comedy.

Imagine the most insane scenes from The Hangover, and then fill in the blanks with all the board game references you could possibly think of to name.

That’s the plot of the movie Game Night, at least more or less.

It’s worth watching if you’re in the mood for something light-hearted and not too serious. Don’t expect a blockbuster, but it wasn’t terrible, either.

4: Mazes & Monsters

Mazes & Monsters was made at the height of moral panic surrounding board games.

Remember when Dungeons & Dragons was thought to be one of the most evil things you could do with your spare time?

This movie is basically (almost) two hours’ worth of that, but starring Tom Hanks in his first cinematic role.

If you’ve ever wondered what would have happened during Cast Away if someone had mailed him a copy of Dungeons & Dragons, this is probably it.

It’s terrible and great at the same time.

5: The Queen’s Gambit

The Queen’s Gambit is a limited Netflix miniseries that I’d recommend to, well, everyone reading this.

It follows the life of a brilliant chess prodigy from the beginning through to the part where I don’t give away the rest of the plot during one sentence.

The Queen’s Gambit turns chess players into rock stars. It’s like watching The Doors biopic, but everyone is playing chess. Strong character portrayal makes The Queen’s Gambit great even if you don’t have much of an interest in chess itself.

It’s worth binge-watching from the first episode to the last. You won’t be disappointed.