Silent Films featuring Abraham Lincoln

by history_ferret | created - 28 Jan 2018 | updated - 01 Mar 2018 | Public

Silent films in which was portrayed Abraham Lincoln as a character.

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1. Abraham Lincoln's Clemency (1910)

The incidents pictured in this film are founded on fact and relate to William Scott, a young soldier from the State of Vermont. Scott is on guard after a heavy day's march, and being found ... See full summary »

Director: Theodore Wharton | Star: Leopold Wharton

Votes: 37

2. The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln (1909)

Short, Drama

A re-creation of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and the trail of John Wilkes Booth. The film ends with the allegorical representation of Lincoln recieving the reward of virtue.

3. Stirring Days in Old Virginia (1909)

Short, Drama

This picture story is a series of stirring war scenes occurring in 1865, at the homestead of Captain Warren, Confederate officer, near St. Petersburg, Va., at that time headquarters of General Logan.

Director: Otis Turner

4. Scenes from the Battlefield of Gettysburg, the Waterloo of the Confederacy (1908)

Short, War

A re-creation of the 3-day battle of Gettysburg, highlighting Pickett's charge.

5. The Martyred Presidents (1901)

1 min | Short

This film is difficult to classify. It opens on a scene showing a mourner with bowed head sitting in front of what appears to be a tombstone. Shortly afterwards, the face of Abraham Lincoln... See full summary »

Director: Edwin S. Porter

Votes: 179

6. Uncle Tom's Cabin (I) (1903)

Not Rated | 13 min | Short, Drama

Based on the novel by Harriet Beecher Stowe: Eliza, a slave who has a young child, pleads with Tom, another slave, to escape with her. Tom does not leave, but Eliza flees with her child. ... See full summary »

Director: Edwin S. Porter

Votes: 473

7. The Blue and the Gray; or, the Days of '61 (1908)

Short, Drama, War

Two West Point cadets, Ned Grey from Virginia and David Stratton from New England, are classmates. One day after Dress Parade Ned introduces his mother and father and sister to David, who ... See full summary »

Director: Edwin S. Porter | Star: David Wall

8. The Reprieve: An Episode in the Life of Abraham Lincoln (1908)

Short, Drama

This thrilling story of the days of '61 and '65 shows a scene in the woods and our hero doing sentry duty. His work has been tiresome, his strength is about given out and he sits down to ... See full summary »

Director: Van Dyke Brooke

Votes: 13

10. The Life of Abraham Lincoln (1915)

Short, Drama, History

There is not an American living who does not relish the story of the life of Abraham Lincoln, the martyr President, considered by the majority of writers and men nationally prominent as the... See full summary »

Director: Langdon West | Stars: Frank McGlynn Sr., Charles Sutton

Votes: 21

11. The Life of Abraham Lincoln (1908)

Short, Drama, History

Shows his early years in Kentucky, Indiana, and Illinois; the Lincoln - Douglas debates; Judge Lincoln refusing a pro-slavery office; granting a pardon to sleeping picket; and his assassination.

12. The Dramatic Life of Abraham Lincoln (1924)

120 min | Biography, Drama, History

A biographical film featuring the presidency and assassination of Abraham Lincoln during the American Civil War.

Director: Phil Rosen | Stars: George A. Billings, Danny Hoy, Ruth Clifford, Nell Craig

Votes: 33

13. His First Commission (1911)

Drama, Short

Because a soldier is rewarded for bravery Lincoln's son "Tad" demands and gets a commission Armed with this he enlists the children. He goes through the grounds and finds a sentry whose ... See full summary »

Stars: Charles Brabin, Yale Boss

14. The Fortunes of War (1911)

Drama, Short

In response to Lincoln's call for troops at the outset of the Civil War, Bill and Jim Clark leave for the front with the consent and blessing of their mother. The brothers take an ... See full summary »

Director: Thomas H. Ince | Stars: William Clifford, Enid Markey, Charles Ray

15. The Battle Hymn of the Republic (1911)

Short, Drama

This patriotic and historic picture portrays the writing of the famous national hymn by Mrs. Julia Ward Howe. In the early part of the Civil War President Lincoln was very much discouraged ... See full summary »

Directors: J. Stuart Blackton, Laurence Trimble | Stars: Ralph Ince, Maurice Costello, Julia Swayne Gordon, Edith Storey

16. Grant and Lincoln (1911)

Short, Drama

George Wharton leaves his Southern home to fight for the North. While in camp be chastises a fellow officer for insulting a lady and thereby gains his enmity. George's sister has a ... See full summary »

17. One Flag at Last (1911)

Short, Drama

Judge Stark is a most thorough representative of the straight-backed, straight-laced, strongly prejudiced Southern gentleman. The scene opens when he and his daughter, Bettie, are bidding ... See full summary »

Stars: Earle Williams, Rose Tapley, Charles Herman, Hal Wilson

18. Lieutenant Grey of the Confederacy (1911)

Short, Drama, War

Lieut. Grey, C.S.A., is sent to obtain plans of the Federal forts. He meets and is aided by Col. Carter's daughter, Elizabeth, a loyal Confederate. Later he is chased and wounded by a party... See full summary »

Director: Francis Boggs | Stars: James Dayton, Alvin Wyckoff, Sydney Ayres, Herbert Rawlinson

19. A Romance of the 60's (1911)

Short, Drama

Walter Rodgers, a northerner, was engaged to marry Cora Fletcher, daughter of a southern colonel. A lawn fete was in full swing at her home when word came of the firing on Fort Sumter. An ... See full summary »

Stars: Jack Standing, Frances Gibson, Romaine Fielding

20. The Seventh Son (1912)

Short, Drama

At the outbreak of the Civil War in the United States, the six sons of widow Beecham enlist. The seventh son is very anxious to join the army and fight for his country, but his brothers ... See full summary »

Director: Hal Reid | Stars: Ralph Ince, Mary Maurice, James Morrison, Tefft Johnson

Votes: 53

21. The Fall of Blackhawk (1912)

Short, Drama, History

You see the incidents that led to the Blackhawk War- the signing of the treaty of 1830, the first assault on settlers in 1831- how the news reached Springfield, where you see Abraham ... See full summary »

Director: William Lee | Stars: Harry Lonsdale, David Fischer, Chester Gould, George Cole

22. The Higher Mercy (1912)

Drama, Short

No matter how absorbed with affairs of state, Abraham Lincoln was always ready to give audience to his little son Tad. Little Tad, playing at the boat landing of the White House lake, falls... See full summary »

Director: William V. Ranous | Stars: Ralph Ince, Julia Swayne Gordon, James Morrison, Rose Tapley

23. On Secret Service (1912)

20 min | Short, Drama

Fred Martin is a Southern spy. A northern dispatch bearer is captured, and the signature to his messages is forged and Martin is sent on the dangerous mission of luring the Northern troops ... See full summary »

Director: Thomas H. Ince | Stars: Robert Edeson, Walter Edwards, Frank Borzage, Nick Cogley

Votes: 17

24. When Lincoln Paid (1913)

Short, Drama

Abraham Lincoln is shown in his youth addressing an audience of village people on the street corner. A terrific thunder storm comes up, driving his auditors away, and Lincoln mounts his ... See full summary »

Director: Francis Ford | Stars: Francis Ford, Ethel Grandin, Charles Edler, Jack Conway

Votes: 22

25. When Lincoln Was President (1913)

Short, Drama

Mrs. Scott, a widow, has a son, Ben, and a nephew, Will. Ben enlists for the war and his mother is prostrated by the news. Will tells his aunt that he will enlist and watch over her boy. ... See full summary »

26. Lincoln for the Defense (1913)

Short, Drama

This picture play illustrates an episode in President Lincoln's life prior to his election for Congress. It is historically accurate in every particular. It is the day before his final ... See full summary »

27. The Battle of Bull Run (1913)

28 min | Short, Drama, History

At the time the play opens the .Southern army is harassing the Unionists. The Northern spy force is augmented and Grace, whose brother, Harry, is already in the secret service, joins it. ... See full summary »

Director: Francis Ford | Stars: William Clifford, Victoria Forde, Grace Cunard, Ray Myers

Votes: 13

28. With Lee in Virginia (1913)

20 min | Short, Drama, War

The picture opens in 1861. Billy Girard loves Ethel Blair, both Virginians. Ethel's father, a judge, welcomes Billy to his home, and this embitters Horton, a rival. War breaks out and ... See full summary »

Director: William J. Bauman | Stars: Francis Ford, Ann Little, Joe King, Charles K. French

29. The Toll of War (1913)

30 min | Short, Drama, History

Edith Eldridge, daughter of Colonel Eldridge, disguises herself as a boy to enlist with her two brothers in the Confederate array. Her identity is discovered and she is rejected. Federal ... See full synopsis »

Director: Francis Ford | Stars: Francis Ford, William Clifford, Ethel Grandin

30. The Battle of Gettysburg (1913)

48 min | Drama, War

A young woman's sweetheart fights for the Union, while her brother fights for the Confederates, in the pivotal 1863 battle of the U.S. Civil War.

Directors: Charles Giblyn, Thomas H. Ince | Stars: Willard Mack, Charles Edler, Ann Little, Joe King

Votes: 37

31. Song Bird of the North (1913)

Short, Drama, Romance

Haywood, a suitor for the hand of Elida Rumsey, is severely reprimanded by her for not enlisting when President Lincoln calls for volunteers. Being deeply interested in the cause, Elida ... See full summary »

Director: Ralph Ince | Stars: Anita Stewart, Ralph Ince, Wallace Reid, E.K. Lincoln

32. From Rail Splitter to President (1913)

20 min | Drama, Short

Lincoln is first seen as a rail splitter in the country, and even then, he is a peace-maker. His life as a storekeeper and his meeting with Ann Rutledge follow. He proposes to her, and his ... See full summary »

Director: Francis Ford | Stars: Francis Ford, Grace Cunard, Edgar Keller, Fred Montague

33. Lincoln, the Lover (1914)

10 min | Short, Biography, Romance

Returning from his inauguration, Lincoln, with the sounds of the acclaim of the populace still in his ears, and realizing in a moment of loneliness the emptiness of his life, dreams of Ann ... See full summary »

Director: Ralph Ince | Stars: Ralph Ince, Anita Stewart, E.K. Lincoln, Logan Paul

Votes: 11

34. The Sleeping Sentinel (1914)

Short, Drama

This stirring poem by F. De H. Janvier, tells the story of a brave and overworked young soldier who slept at his post during a critical period in an engagement and was court-martialed and ... See full summary »

Stars: George Steele, Clarence Elmer, Margaret Moore, John Smiley

35. The Heart of Lincoln (1915)

50 min | Drama, History

During the Civil War, a young man joins the Union army. His sweetheart's brother, on the other hand, joins the Confederate forces. During a battle the Confederate is captured and brought to... See full summary »

Director: Francis Ford | Stars: Francis Ford, Grace Cunard, William Quinn, Elmer Morrow

36. The Heart of Maryland (1915)

60 min | Drama, History, War

Maryland Calvert lives in that section of Maryland divided against itself in the question of secession. Her brother, Floyd, is so strong a Northern sympathizer that he joins the Federal ... See full summary »

Director: Herbert Brenon | Stars: Mrs. Leslie Carter, William E. Shay, J. Farrell MacDonald, Matt Snyder

37. The Heart of Maryland (1927)

Passed | 60 min | Action, Drama, Romance

The Heart of Maryland (1927) is a silent film costume Vitaphone drama produced and distributed by Warner Bros. and directed by Lloyd Bacon. The film stars Dolores Costello in the title character and features Jason Robards, Sr..

Director: Lloyd Bacon | Stars: Dolores Costello, Jason Robards Sr., Warner Richmond, Helene Costello

Votes: 17

38. The Birth of a Nation (1915)

TV-PG | 195 min | Drama, History, War

The Stoneman family finds its friendship with the Camerons affected by the Civil War, both fighting in opposite armies. The development of the war in their lives plays through to Lincoln's assassination and the birth of the Ku Klux Klan.

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Lillian Gish, Mae Marsh, Henry B. Walthall, Miriam Cooper

Votes: 24,002 | Gross: $10.00M

39. The Magistrate's Story (1915)

Short, Drama

War has been declared. The North and South are going to fight. Tom Weldon joins the army of the North and John Sterrett casts his lot with the Confederacy. Both are suitors for the hand of ... See full summary »

Director: Langdon West | Stars: Richard Tucker, Gertrude McCoy, Pat O'Malley, William West

41. Myself (1917)


Third in Benjamin Chapin's four-film cycle on the life of Abraham Lincoln, this film explores the young Abe's beginnings as a country lawyer and political figure.

Stars: Benjamin Chapin, Charles Jackson

42. My Mother (1917)

26 min | Short, Biography

First in Benjamin Chapin's four-film cycle on the life of Abraham Lincoln, this film explores the life of Lincoln's mother Nancy Hanks.

Stars: Benjamin Chapin, Charles Jackson

43. My Father (1917)

26 min | Short, Biography

The second film in Benjamin Chapin's four-film cycle on the life of Abraham Lincoln, it deals with the life of Lincoln's father, Tom Lincoln.

Stars: Benjamin Chapin, Charles Jackson

44. Her Country's Call (1917)

Biography, Drama

Mountain girl Jess Slocum, lives with her father in a cabin above an army camp. When his daughter questions his hatred of soldiers, Slocum admits to having been drummed out of an army camp ... See full summary »

Director: Lloyd Ingraham | Stars: Mary Miles Minter, George Periolat, Allan Forrest, Henry A. Barrows

45. A Call to Arms (1918)

26 min | Short, Drama

Lincoln's life in the White House at the time Fort Sumter was fired upon is shown, and the many problems he was forced to face at that momentous hour are brought out with great clearness. ... See full summary »

Director: Benjamin Chapin | Star: Benjamin Chapin

46. My First Jury (1918)

29 min | Short, Drama

Abraham Lincoln, the boy, defends a funny little black boy accused of stealing a white rooster. After a swift chase, Jim, the black boy, is captured with the fowl under his arm, and he is ... See full summary »

Director: Benjamin Chapin | Star: Benjamin Chapin

47. Tender Memories (1918)

29 min | Short, Drama

A soldier lying in an unmarked grave recalls to Lincoln the story of how his mother, Nancy Hanks Lincoln, was buried in the wilderness without a funeral, and Lincoln tells of his efforts to get a minister who finally performs the rites.

Director: Benjamin Chapin | Star: Benjamin Chapin