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The Best Movies About Abraham Lincoln, Ranked 

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Updated March 14, 2019 223 votes 94 voters 4k views 11 items

List Rules Only movies that feature Abraham Lincoln as a main character.

From documentaries to biopics, we're ranking the best movies about Abraham Lincoln. 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 in Steven Spielberg's Lincoln. Other good Abraham Lincoln documentaries and biographical films include Killing Lincoln, Saving Lincoln, and even Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.

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Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies About Abraham Lincoln, Ranked
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field

Released: 2012

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Lincoln is a 2012 American epic historical drama film directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Daniel Day-Lewis as United States President Abraham Lincoln and Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln. The ...more

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Abe Lincoln in Illinois ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About Abraham Lincoln, Ranked
Ruth Gordon, Raymond Massey, Gene Lockhart

Released: 1940

Directed by: John Cromwell

Abe Lincoln in Illinois is a 1940 biographical film which tells the story of the life of Abraham Lincoln from his departure from Kentucky until his election as President of the United States. ...more
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Young Mr. Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies About Abraham Lincoln, Ranked
Henry Fonda, Ward Bond, Donald Meek

Released: 1939

Directed by: John Ford

Young Mr. Lincoln is a 1939 partly fictionalized biopic about the early life of President Abraham Lincoln, directed by John Ford and starring Henry Fonda. Ford and producer Darryl F. Zanuck ...more
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Killing Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies About Abraham Lincoln, Ranked
Billy Campbell, Jesse Johnson

Released: 2013

Directed by: Adrian 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 ...more

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Abraham Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About Abraham Lincoln, Ranked
Walter Huston, Una Merkel, Hobart Bosworth

Released: 1930

Directed by: D. 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 ...more

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The Conspirator is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About Abraham Lincoln, Ranked
Evan Rachel Wood, Alexis Bledel, Kevin Kline

Released: 2010

Directed by: Robert Redford

The Conspirator is a 2010 historical drama film directed by Robert Redford based on an original screenplay by James D. Solomon. It is the debut film of the American Film Company. The film tells ...more

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Saving Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About Abraham Lincoln, Ranked
Saving Lincoln Penelope Ann Miller, Bruce Davison, Creed Bratton

Released: 2012

Directed by: Salvador Litvak

Saving Lincoln is a 2012 biographical film written by Nina Davidovich and Salvador Litvak, directed by Salvador Litvak.
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The Face of Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies About Abraham Lincoln, Ranked

Released: 1956

Directed by: Edward 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, ...more
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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About Abraham Lincoln, Ranked
Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Alan Tudyk, Erin Wasson

Released: 2012

Directed by: Timur Bekmambetov

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is a 2012 American dark fantasy action horror film directed by Timur Bekmambetov, based on the 2010 mashup novel of the same name. The novel's author, Seth ...more

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Abraham Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About Abraham Lincoln, Ranked
Abraham Lincoln Frank McGlynn, Sr.

Released: 1924

Directed by: J. 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 ...more
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The Lincoln Conspiracy ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About Abraham Lincoln, Ranked
John Dehner, Bradford Dillman, John Anderson

Released: 1977

Directed by: James 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 ...more