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Film and Television Portrayals of Abraham Lincoln

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It is said that Abraham Lincoln is the topic of more books than anyone in history besides Jesus Christ and Napoleon.

With more than 200 movies and television portrayals, he must be one of the most depicted people on screen as well.  One of the most authoritative sources for Lincoln on screen is Mark S. Reinhart's Abraham Lincoln on Screen: Fictional and Documentary Portrayals on Film and Television, 2d ed Reinhart thoroughly covers the subject of Lincoln screen works with entries on roughly 300 Lincoln productions.  The 2nd edition book is hardbound cover and features over 70 new photos. 

This chonological listing is drawn from his book. TV shows or miniseries appear in italics. 

  • Uncle Tom's Cabin (1903)
  • The Life of Abraham Lincoln (1908)
  • The Reprieve: An Episode in the Life of Abraham Lincoln (1908)
  • Abraham Lincoln's Clemency (1910)
  • The Sleeping Sentinel (1910)
  • The Battle Hymn of the Republic (1911)
  • The Fortunes of War (1911)
  • Grant and Lincoln (1911)
  • Lieutenant Grey of the Confederacy (1911)
  • A Romance of the 60's (1911)
  • Under One Flag (1911))
  • The Fall of Black Hawk (1912)
  • Lincoln's Gettysburg Address (1912)
  • The Seventh Son (1912)
  • The Battle of Bull Run (1913)
  • The Battle of Gettysburg (1913)
  • Lincoln for the Defense (1913)
  • The Song-bird of the North (1913)
  • The Toll of War (1913)
  • When Lincoln Paid (1913)
  • When Lincoln Was President (1913)
  • With Lee in Virginia (1913)
  • Lincoln the Lover (1914)
  • The Man Who Knew Lincoln (1914)
  • The Battle Cry of Peace (1915)
  • The Birth of a Nation (1915)
  • The Crisis (1915)
  • Cycle of Photodramas Based on the
  • Adventures of Abraham Lincoln (1915-17)
  • The Heart of Lincoln (1915)
  • The Heart of Maryland (1915)
  • The Life of Abraham Lincoln (1915)
  • The Magistrate's Story (1915)
  • The Birth of a Race (1918)
  • My Own United States (1918)
  • Victory and Peace (1918)
  • The Copperhead (1919)
  • The Land of Opportunity (1920)
  • The Highest Law (1921)
  • The Days of Buffalo Bill (1922)
  • Lincoln's Gettysburg Address (1922)
  • Wild Bill Hickok (1923)
  • Barbara Frietchie (1924)
  • The Dramatic Life of Abraham Lincoln (1924)
  • The Iron Horse (1924)
  • The Man Without a Country (1925)
  • Hands Up! (1926)
  • The Heart of Maryland (1927)
  • Lincoln's Gettysburg Address (1927)
  • Court Martial (1928)
  • Two Americans (1929)
  • Abraham Lincoln (1930)
  • The Phantom President (1932)
  • Are We Civilized? (1934)
  • The Littlest Rebel (1935)
  • The Perfect Tribute (1935)
  • Cavalry (1936)
  • Hearts in Bondage (1936)
  • The Prisoner of Shark Island (1936)
  • Courage of the West (1937)
  • The Man Without a Country (1937)
  • The Plainsman (1937)
  • Victoria the Great (1937)
  • Wells Fargo (1937)
  • Western Gold (1937)
  • Of Human Hearts (1938)
  • Strange Glory (1938)
  • Lincoln in the White House (1939)
  • Young Mr. Lincoln (1939)
  • Abe Lincoln In Illinois (1940)
  • The Mad Empress (1940)
  • Virginia City (1940)
  • They Died with Their Boots On (1941)
  • Tennessee Johnson (1942)
  • Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1945)
  • Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1950)
  • Rock Island Trail (1950)
  • Abe Lincoln: A Background Study (1951)
  • Abraham Lincoln (1951)
  • New Mexico (1951)
  • New Salem Story (1951)
  • The Tall Target (1951)
  • Abe Lincoln's Story (1952)
  • Abraham Lincoln (1952)
  • Abraham Lincoln - The Early Years (1952)
  • The Gettysburg Address (1953)
  • American Thanksgiving (1954)
  • Moonlight Witness (1954)
  • Apache Ambush (1955)
  • Black Friday (1955)
  • The Emancipation Proclamation (1955)
  • The Face of Lincoln (1955)
  • How Chance Made Lincoln President (1955)
  • The Palmetto Conspiracy (1955)
  • Prince of Players (1955)
  • The Day Lincoln Was Shot (1956)
  • The Fall of Fort Sumter (1956)
  • Good Friday, 1865 (1956)
  • The World of Celebrations (1956)
  • The Story of Mankind (1957)
  • The American Civil War: A Pictorial
  • History through the Photographs of Mathew B. Brady (1958)
  • Abraham Lincoln: A Study in Greatness (1959)
  • Meet Mr. Lincoln (1959)
  • Back There (1960)
  • Lincoln at Gettysburg (1960)
  • The Lincoln Murder Case (1961)
  • Not in Vain (1961)
  • The Passersby (1961)
  • The Boyhood of Abraham Lincoln (1962)
  • How the West Was Won (1962)
  • Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1964)
  • The Lincoln Heritage Trail (1964)
  • The Executioners (1965)
  • The Great Debate: Lincoln Versus Douglas (1965)
  • Here I Grew Up (1968)
  • Lincoln's Last Day (1968)
  • The Long Shadow: Abraham Lincoln's Early Years (1968)
  • The Great Man's Whiskers (1969)
  • The Savage Curtain (1969)
  • Abraham Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation (1970)
  • America's Heroes: Abraham Lincoln (1970)
  • Flatboat Man (1970)
  • He Still Walks These Prairies (1970)
  • The Nomination 'of Abraham Lincoln (1971)
  • They've Killed President Lincoln! (1971)
  • The Civil War: The Anguish of Emancipation (1972)
  • Lincoln - The Kentucky Years (1972)
  • Lincoln - Trial by Fire (1973)
  • Lincoln's Gettysburg Address (1973)
  • Lonesome Train (1973)
  • Gettysburg 1863 (1974)
  • The Selling of Abe Lincoln 1976 (1974)
  • Sandburg's Lincoln (1974-76)
  • Abraham Lincoln (1976)
  • Charles Francis Adams: Minister to Great Britain (1976)
  • The Faking of the President 1974 (1976)
  • Guardian of the Wilderness (1976)
  • Martin and Abraham Lincoln (1976)
  • Abraham Lincoln - A New Birth of Freedom (1977)
  • The Lincoln Conspiracy (1977)
  • Mr. Lincoln's Springfield (1977)
  • Abe Lincoln - Freedom Fighter (1978)
  • The General and Honest Abe (1978)
  • A. Lincoln: A Story of His Joys and Sorrow (1979)
  • From These Honored Dead (1979)
  • Mister Lincoln (1981)
  • Abraham Lincoln (Second Edition) (1982)
  • Antietam Visit (1982)
  • The Blue and the Gray (1982)
  • The Day the Rebs Took Lincoln (1982)
  • Police Squad! (1982)
  • Abraham Lincoln (1983)
  • North and South (1985)
  • North and South Book II (1985)
  • Dream West (1986)
  • Abraham Lincoln (1987-Spoken Arts, Inc.)
  • Abraham Lincoln (1987-3E Productions, Inc./Coronet Instructional Films)
  • Abraham Lincoln: The Great Emancipator (1987)
  • The Divided Union (1987)
  • At Home with Mr. Lincoln (1988) 
  • Gore Vidal's Lincoln (1988)
  • America's Story: Abraham Lincoln (1989)
  • The Big Picture (1989)
  • Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989)
  • The Civil War (1989)
  • Lincoln: A Photo-biography (1989)
  • The Lincoln-Douglas Debates: The House Divides (1989)
  • The Lincolns of Springfield, Illinois (1989)
  • Mr. Lincoln of Illinois (1989)
  • Abraham Lincoln (1990)
  • The Gettysburg Address (1990)
  • Lincoln Historic Sites (1990)
  • The Perfect Tribute (1990)
  • The Speeches of Abraham Lincoln (1990)
  • Ironclads (1991)
  • Lincoln and the War Within (1991)
  • Turning Point: Lincoln's New Salem (1991)
  • With Malice Toward None: Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address (1991)
  • Abraham Lincoln - A New Birth of Freedom (1992)
  • Black Easter - The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln (1992)
  • In Mr. Lincoln's Footsteps (1992)
  • The Life and Times of Abraham Lincoln (1992)
  • Lincoln (1992)
  • Portraits of American Presidents Volume Two: The Presidents of a National Struggle, 1829-1901 (1992)
  • Smithsonian's Great Battles of the Civil War (1992)
  • Gettysburg Battlefield Tour (1993)
  • The Making of the Last Best Hope of Earth (1993)
  • The Memoirs of Abraham Lincoln (1993)
  • Out of the Wilderness - The Life of Abraham Lincoln (1993)
  • President Abraham Lincoln (1993)
  • Lincoln and Gettysburg (1994)
  • The Lincoln-Douglas Debates (1994)
  • Lincoln's Living Legacy (1994)
  • Presidents' Day (1994)
  • Abraham Lincoln and the American Experiment (1995)
  • The Lincoln Assassination (1995)
  • Lincoln at the Movies (1995)
  • Speaking Out (1995)
  • Tad (1995)
  • Abraham Lincoln - Preserving the Union (1996)
  • Happy Gilmore (1996)
  • Honest Abe and Popular Steve(1997)
  • The Speeches of the Civil War (1997)
  • Beautiful Dreamer (1998)
  • The Day Lincoln Was Shot (1998)
  • The Secret Diary of Desmond Pfeiffer (1998)