One of the most significant figures in America’s history is Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States and it is his 209th birth anniversary today. Abe Lincoln’s humble beginnings did not deter him from being a formidable part of America's history. The reason why the United States of America did not fragment into pieces amidst the horrors of the Civil War were Lincoln’s unrelenting efforts to keep the country united by defeating the secessionists. Another remarkable achievement of the President was the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863, which served as a precursor and set the procedure in motion for abolishing slavery in the U.S.A.
Mostly self-educated, Abraham Lincoln, not only led the country through its bloodiest battle but also introduced several economic policies that find relevance even today especially the US National Banking System. An astute statesman and a humanitarian, he showed a rare blend of qualities. Not to forget his excellent oratory skills; a perfect example of which is his Gettysburg speech where his ideas about equality, democracy and humanity touched every heart.
While we did not witness the man’s greatness but there are umpteen ways to go back in history and learn about his eventful life. One such medium is through cinema and Abraham Lincoln is one of the few whose story has made it to the screens several times. Of all the efforts made by filmmakers, here are some films that you should watch to remember the legend on birthday today.
Young Mr Lincoln (1939)
Henry Fonda, as the President, stars in this cinematic delight, which shows a crucial period of Lincoln’s life. It takes the audience to the period when multiple experiences flooded the President’s life resulting in significant events. To know how good a lawyer Abe Lincoln was and what made him get into politics, watch the movie now.
The Perfect Tribute (1991)
The film stars Jason Robards as the protagonist and traces the President’s experiences as he prepared his Gettysburg address. The film focuses more on the country and gives an objective view of the Civil War and all actors involved in it.
A film by Steven Spielberg, Lincoln took audiences through the last months of the President as he fought an inner battle of consciousness and responsibility. The film also saw one of the best performances by Daniel Day-Lewis whose portrayal of Lincoln was hailed by all.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012)
Though a fictionalised tale inspired by a novel of the same name, this film is a rather quirky take on the life of the President. A little bit of fantastic spin to anyone’s life can never go wrong. Keep your history knowledge aside for some time if you plan to watch this one.
Saving Lincoln (2013)
Salvador Litvak makes a decent attempt at exploring the personal relations of the President with his long-time friend and bodyguard U. S. Marshal Ward Hill Lamon. The film was shot on sets recreated from real photographs depicting the Civil War.
Today, as we remember the President and his ideals, we hope our present and future leaders will learn the right lessons from him.