Lincoln | 2012

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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Main Plot

As the American Civil War continues to rage, America's president struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield as he fights with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves.


  • Daniel Day-Lewis plays Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, as he navigates the Civil War and fights for the abolition of slavery.
  • Sally Field portrays Mary Todd Lincoln, the wife of President Abraham Lincoln, and her character plays a significant role in the plot, primarily in showcasing her emotional struggles and political influence.
  • David Strathairn's character, William Seward, serves as Abraham Lincoln's Secretary of State and a key advisor in the film's plot.

Ending Explained

In the ending of Lincoln, the 13th Amendment is passed, abolishing slavery. President Abraham Lincoln is seen leaving the White House and heading to Ford's Theatre. At the theatre, he is shot by John Wilkes Booth. The film ends with a montage of scenes showcasing the aftermath of Lincoln's assassination, the mourning of the nation, and his legacy as a great leader.

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Steven Spielberg Daniel Day-Lewis Sally Field David Strathairn