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The Best Movies About Abraham Lincoln, Ranked

List RulesOnly movies that feature Abraham Lincoln as a main character.

The best movies about Abraham Lincoln include both biopics and sensationalized fictional accounts about him hunting vampires. The 16th President of the United States has been depicted numerous times in film and TV, but this list only features movies where Abraham Lincoln is the central character. What is the best Abraham Lincoln movie?

In one of his greatest roles, Daniel Day-Lewis won his third Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of Abraham Lincoln in Steven Spielberg's Lincoln. Other good Abraham Lincoln biographical films, similar to Lincoln, include Killing Lincoln, Saving Lincoln, and even Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.

Vote up the best movies about Abraham Lincoln, then check back for new and recent Abraham Lincoln movies as they are released.

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    Lincoln

    Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field
    95
    22

    Released2012

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Runtime149

    AdvisoriesAdult Language, Adult Situations, Violence

    PremieredNovember 16, 2012

    With the nation embroiled in still another year with the high death count of Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln brings the full measure of his passion, humanity and political skill to what would  ...more

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    Young Mr. Lincoln

    Henry Fonda, Alice Brady
    30
    20

    Released1939

    Directed byJohn Ford

    Runtime100

    PremieredMay 30, 1939

    In this dramatized account of his early law career in Illinois, Abraham Lincoln (Henry Fonda) is born into a modest log cabin, where he is encouraged by his first love, Ann Rutledge (Pauline Moore),  ...more
  • 3
    Raymond Massey, Gene Lockhart
    29
    18

    Released1940

    Directed byJohn Cromwell

    Runtime110

    PremieredFebruary 12, 1940

    In the early 1830s, a youthful Abraham Lincoln (Raymond Massey) departs his home in Kentucky to study law and make a name for himself. While traveling to New Orleans to deliver several pigs he raised  ...more
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    Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

    Benjamin Walker, Dominic Cooper
    24
    25

    Released2012

    Directed byTimur Bekmambetov

    Runtime105

    AdvisoriesAdult Situations, Graphic Violence

    PremieredJune 22, 2012

    While still a boy, Abraham Lincoln loses his mother to a vampire's bite. He vows revenge, but fails in the attempt, narrowly escaping with his life. He is rescued by Henry (Dominic Cooper), a  ...more
  • 5

    Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies

    Bill Oberst Jr., Chip Lane
    7
    3

    Released2012

    Directed byRichard Schenkman

    Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies is a 2012 American action horror B movie directed by Richard Schenkman, with a screenplay by Schenkman based upon the story concept of Karl Hirsch and Lauren Proctor.  ...more
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    Walter Huston, Una Merkel
    12
    14

    Released1930

    Directed byD. W. Griffith

    Returning to the historic era of his greatest success, Griffith paid homage to the sixteenth President in this moving drama starring Walter Huston. Focusing on Lincoln’s personal tragedies, as well  ...more
  • 7

    The Conspirator

    James McAvoy, Robin Wright
    13
    18

    Released2010

    Directed byRobert Redford

    Runtime121

    AdvisoriesAdult Situations, Violence

    PremieredApril 15, 2011

    Following the assassination of President Lincoln, seven men and one woman are arrested and charged with conspiring to kill Lincoln, the vice president and the secretary of state. Lawyer Frederick  ...more

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    Killing Lincoln

    Billy Campbell, Jesse Johnson
    16
    23

    Released2013

    Directed byAdrian Moat

    Killing Lincoln is an American television film inspired by the 2011 novel of the same title by Bill O'Reilly. The two-hour political docudrama was originally broadcast on National Geographic Channel  ...more
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    The Day Lincoln Was Shot

    Wil Wheaton, Lance Henriksen
    4
    7

    Released1998

    Directed byJohn Gray

    The Day Lincoln Was Shot is an 1998 American television film based on the book by Jim Bishop. It is a re-creation of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, co-written and directed by John Gray, and  ...more
  • 10
    Mary Tyler Moore, Sam Waterston
    3
    6

    Released1988

    Directed byLamont Johnson

    Gore Vidal's Lincoln is a 1988 drama film directed by Lamont Johnson. The progress of the war is seen through Lincoln's eyes, a very human figure as he contends with Generals who won't fight and  ...more
  • 11

    The Dramatic Life of Abraham Lincoln

    Louise Fazenda, Ruth Clifford
    1
    4

    Released1924

    Directed byPhil Rosen

    The Dramatic Life of Abraham Lincoln is a feature film directed by Phil Rosen and written by Frances Marion.  ...more
  • 12

    The Better Angels

    Diane Kruger, Wes Bentley
    3
    7

    Released2014

    Directed byAJ Edwards

    The Better Angels is a 2014 American biographical drama-historical film about United States President Abraham Lincoln's formative years. It was written and directed by A. J. Edwards. The film had its  ...more
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    Abraham Lincoln

    Frank McGlynn Sr.
    7
    13

    Released1924

    Directed byJ. Searle Dawley

    Abraham Lincoln is a short film made in the Phonofilm sound-on-film process. The film was directed by J. Searle Dawley, produced by Lee DeForest, is based on the 1918 play Abraham Lincoln by John  ...more
  • 14

    Saving Lincoln

    Penelope Ann Miller, Bruce Davison
    11
    20

    Released2012

    Directed bySalvador Litvak

    Saving Lincoln is a 2012 biographical film written by Nina Davidovich and Salvador Litvak, directed by Salvador Litvak.  ...more
  • 15

    The Face of Lincoln

    Merrell Gage
    6
    14

    Released1956

    Directed byEdward Freed

    Presents Professor Merrell Gage of USC, describing the life and career of Abraham Lincoln as he sculpts a lifelike bust of the 16th president, making physical changes in the subject's hair, beard and  ...more
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    The Lincoln Conspiracy

    John Dehner, Bradford Dillman
    5
    13

    Released1977

    Directed byJames L. Conway

    The Lincoln Conspiracy is a 1977 film directed by James L. Conway that dramatizes certain conspiracy theories concerning the 1865 assassination of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln. The film, which was  ...more