This article addresses cultural depictions of Abraham Lincoln.
Statues of Abraham Lincoln and other tributes 
Outside the United States 
Statues of Abraham Lincoln can be found in other countries. In Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico, is a 13-foot (4 m) high bronze statue, a gift from the United States, dedicated in 1966 by President Lyndon B. Johnson. The U.S. received a statue of Benito Juárez in exchange, which is in Washington, D.C. Juárez and Lincoln exchanged friendly letters during the American Civil War, Mexico remembers Lincoln's opposition to the Mexican-American War. (For his part, Juárez refused to aide the Confederacy and jailed those Confederates who sought his help.) There is also a statue in Tijuana, Mexico, showing Lincoln standing and destroying the chains of slavery. There are at least three statues of Lincoln in the United Kingdom — one in Parliament Square in London by Augustus St. Gaudens, one in Manchester by George Grey Barnard and another in Edinburgh by George Bissell. There is also a bust of the President at St Andrews Church in Hingham, Norfolk, where Lincoln's ancestors lived. In Havana, Cuba, there is a bust of Abraham Lincoln in the Museum of the Revolution, a small statue of him in front of the Abraham Lincoln School, and a bust of him near the Capitolio. In Quito, Ecuador, a statue of Lincoln can be found in the Plaza Abraham Lincoln.
Fictional depictions 
Late 1800s 
- In Jules Verne's 1870 novel, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, a fictitious steam frigate, the Abraham Lincoln, is sent to hunt down the "monster" that has been attacking ships at sea, and is attacked itself. Captain Nemo also has a portrait of Lincoln hanging in his study on board the Nautilus. In the prequel The Mysterious Island, the five shipwrecked Union prisoners name the island which they discover, "Lincoln Island".
- The German writer Karl May wrote two stories concerning Canada Bill Jones: Ein Self-man (1878) and Three carde monte (1879). The narrator meets several times with the young Abraham Lincoln and together they oppose "Kanada-Bill". Both stories have in common the first meeting of the heroes: The narrator finds Lincoln in a forest training to orate.
The first known motion picture based on Mr. Lincoln was 1908 film The Reprieve: An Episode in the Life of Abraham Lincoln. Directed by Van Dyke Brooke, the film shows Lincoln pardoning a sentry who fell asleep on duty, a theme that would be depicted repeatedly in other silent era shorts. This era is also when the first Abraham Lincoln impersonators originated, and the modern idea of what he sounded like is derived from these, much like the oral traditions of African folklore.
As with the first picture on Lincoln, most of the films in this decade featured Lincoln pardoning sleeping sentries. Films included Abraham Lincoln's Clemency (1910), When Lincoln Paid (1913), The Sleeping Sentinel (1914) and The Birth of a Nation (1915).
John Drinkwater's play, Abraham Lincoln (1918), was successful on both sides of the Atlantic, reaching Broadway and the West End. Drinkwater was an English poet and playwright.
- "Ann Rutledge", a 1950 episode of The Philco Television Playhouse, featuring Stephen Courtleigh as Lincoln and Grace Kelly as Ann Rutledge
- "Mr. Lincoln", a five-part TV episode appearing in 1952-53 on Omnibus, with Royal Dano as Lincoln
- "How Chance Made Lincoln President", a 1955 episode of TV Reader's Digest
- Love is Eternal, a 1955 novel by Irving Stone
- "Love Is Eternal", a 1955 episode of General Electric Theater, with Richard Boone as Lincoln and Teresa Wright as Mary Todd Lincoln
- "The Day Lincoln Was Shot", a 1956 episode of Ford Star Jubilee, featuring Raymond Massey as Lincoln and Jack Lemmon as John Wilkes Booth
- In 1961, John Collison played Abraham Lincoln at a re-enactment of his inauguration at a ceremony in Washington D.C.
- In How the West Was Won, Lincoln is (again) played by Raymond Massey
- "The Chase", episode 2.8 of Doctor Who, which aired in 1964, included Robert Marsden as Honest Abe
- Abe Lincoln in Illinois - TV production (1964)
- Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, a show created by Walt Disney Imagineering featuring an Audio-Animatronic Lincoln, appears at the 1964 World's Fair. The next year, the show debuted at Disneyland in California. Lincoln's voice is provided by Royal Dano.
- The Time Tunnel (1966) Doug and Tony meet Abraham Lincoln (Ford Rainey)
- In the 1967 independent film In The Woods, Lincoln's ghost has a duel with The ghost of Nathan Bedford Forrest. He then shoots Forrest saying "To hell with the CSA"
- Star Trek: The Original Series 1969 episode "The Savage Curtain" (3.22), where an alien creates an image of Lincoln to represent "Good" in a Good vs. Evil experiment. Played by actor Lee Bergere, Old Abe was one of Captain Kirk's heroes growing up in the 23rd century.
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- Lincoln impersonator Rex Hamilton was introduced in the opening credits of each episode of Police Squad! shooting back at John Wilkes Booth, though he would not further appear in any episodes.
- Gregory Peck portrayed Lincoln in the 1982 television movie, The Blue and the Gray.
- In North and South (TV miniseries), Hal Holbrook played Lincoln (once again) in Books I and II
- The 1987 American TV series Amerika displays an America occupied by Soviet troops. Lincoln's image is displayed along Marx's and Lenin's in parades, exemplifying the re-interpretation of American symbols by the new state.
- Based on a novel by Gore Vidal, the 1988 telefilm Lincoln starred Sam Waterston in the title role, and Mary Tyler Moore as his wife.
- Robert V. Barron appeared as Lincoln in Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989), and in episodes of Out of This World (#2.15, 1988).
- Appears as Joshua Speed in Parke Godwin's sci-fi novel The Snake Oil Wars.
- Appears in a This is America, Charlie Brown episode titled "The Smithsonian and the Presidency", with his segment focusing on the Gettysburg Address.
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- The Civil War (1990) Sam Waterston played Lincoln
- In the Red Dwarf episode "Meltdown", Lincoln (played by Jack Klaff) was featured as a Waxdroid in a theme park planet called Waxworld, where evil waxdroids and good waxdroids are fighting.
- The Speeches of Abraham Lincoln (1995)
- A&E Biography: "Abraham Lincoln - Preserving the Union" (1997)
- An Abraham Lincoln robot acts as a defense attorney for African-American children Leon, Kahlil, LaShawn and Pee-Wee in Bebe's Kids (1992).
- Lincoln (voiced by Peter Renaday) is assisted in writing the Gettysburg Address by the Warners in the Animaniacs episode "Four Score and Seven Migraines Ago" (1993).
- Lincoln appeared as an occasional guest host on Histeria!, especially in two episodes centered around the Civil War. Pepper Mills mistakes him for Lurch from The Addams Family, and one sketch shows the Civil War politics like an episode of Seinfeld, with Lincoln as Jerry and George B. McClellan as George Costanza. In another sketch, Loud Kiddington demands he explain the parts of the Gettysburg Address that he doesn't understand (such as what "four score" means). On Histeria!, Abe acts like Johnny Carson and was voiced by Maurice LaMarche.
- In the 1993 film Coneheads, Dan Aykroyd's character dresses as Lincoln for a costume ball, as the President's stovepipe hat effectively covers his cone-shaped head.
- In an episode of the HBO sketch comedy series Mr. Show, Abraham Lincoln is portrayed (in an openly historically inaccurate skit) as the man who designed the American flag. Tom Kenny portrayed Lincoln as speaking in a thick New York accent.
- In Harry Turtledove's novel How Few Remain, Lincoln is a viewpoint character, struggling to keep the Republican Party alive while championing the cause of the working man, which eventually leads to the Socialist Party of America replacing the Republicans as the primary opposition to the Democrats. Mr. Lincoln himself is referred to in later novels as the father of American socialism, as his eloquence and political influence after leaving office (Lincoln is not assassinated in this universe) led to most of the Republican liberals defecting to the Socialist Party.
- Talk show Late Night with Conan O'Brien started in 1993, with Dino Stamatopoulos as the original portrayer of Lincoln. In 1999, Mike Sweeney took over this role.
- In an episode of Cartoon Network's Dexter's Laboratory, Dexter faces his rival, Mandark, using the statue of Lincoln from Mount Rushmore that he has brought to life, and fights Mandark who is using the giant animated statue of George Washington.
- In The DC Comics Elseworld title Superman: A Nation Divided, a reimagining of Superman's origins as coming into his powers during the American Civil War, President Lincoln features heavily. He is first seen reading field reports by General Ulysses S. Grant that describe "Atticus" Kent's special abilities. Lincoln then assumes Grant has been drinking, until Kent himself shows up at the white House. After Kent helps win the war, he accompanies Lincoln to the Ford Theater, where he prevents John Wilkes Booth's assassination attempt. After this Lincoln is seen to be one of the most popular presidents in history, serving two full terms.
- In 1998, Scott McCloud wrote and drew the graphic novel The New Adventures of Abraham Lincoln, in which the president seemingly returns to life in the present day; however, it is in fact a disguised Benedict Arnold, working for aliens in a plot to conquer the world. He is unmasked by the true Lincoln, who also returns from the dead.
- In 1998, TNT aired "The Day Lincoln Was Shot," with Lance Henriksen as Abraham Lincoln and Rob Morrow as John Wilkes Booth. The film is a remake of "Ford Star Jubilee: The Day Lincoln Was Shot" (1956).
- In 1999, a comic book story featuring The Phantom was made called "Lincoln's Murder", and published in Europe and Australia.
- In the MTV claymation television series Celebrity Deathmatch, He appears as a fighter in which he faced off against George Washington
- In a 1991 episode of The Simpsons, Lisa Simpson seeks advice from the statue at the Lincoln Memorial.
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- In the film Bedazzled (2000), Brendan Fraser's character makes a deal with the Devil (Elizabeth Hurley) for seven wishes. Upon wishing to be President of the United States, he is transformed into Lincoln and finds himself in Ford's Theatre.
- Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided (2001), a documentary on PBS's American Experience.
- In Clone High, a main clone character was Abraham Lincoln.
- In Gangs of New York (2002), Leonardo DiCaprio and Daniel Day-Lewis's characters attend a play of Uncle Tom's Cabin in which an actor is suspended in mid-air (with his body apparently backwards) to address the blackface actors. An audience member interrupts him, yelling, "Leave the nigger dead!" as the immigrant audience members begin throwing objects at Lincoln and rioting.
- Though The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy and Evil Con Carne are set in modern times, Lincoln is strangely the current President of the United States in the story's plot. One episode of The grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy even features him as Grim's replacement in Billy and Mandy's group of friends.
- In the 2005 alternative history mockumentary C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America, Abraham Lincoln flees after the South wins the war. He is captured in blackface makeup and later declares, "Now I too am a Negro".
- In 2005, Lincoln appeared in the song and video of The Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny by Lemon Demon.
- In an episode of The Venture Bros., the ghost of Lincoln requests the help of Hank and Dean to save the current president from being killed.
- National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets (2007) is a fictional film which concerns the assassination of Lincoln.
- An Evil Hologram of Lincoln appears in an episode of Futurama, a Robot Lincoln with 20 personalities (All of them Lincoln) appear in another, and appears as a Head in a Jar advertising cars.
- He is ranked fourth in Electronic Gaming Monthly’s list of the top ten video game politicians for his appearance in Fight Club for the PlayStation 2.
- In the 2008 video game Fallout 3, set in a post-apocalyptic Washington D.C., the Lincoln Memorial is portrayed as a beacon of hope to escaped slaves trying to survive in the wasteland. The player can also find a hidden weapon called Lincoln's Repeater, which is one of the most powerful rifles in the game. Coincidentally, Liam Neeson, who was considered for the role of Lincoln in the Spielberg film, is featured in the game as the voice of the player character's father, James.
- In Robot Chicken's first Star Wars Special, Lincoln (voiced by Hulk Hogan) is seen as being seated under the Lincoln Memorial, and engages in lightsaber combat with George W. Bush.
- Lincoln appears in the form of the Lincoln Memorial coming to life in the film Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian.
- In the fourth episode from the 2007 game Sam & Max Save the World, the statue of Lincoln at the Lincoln Memorial turns into a giant robot. He is becoming one of the recurring characters in the game.
- In an episode of the 2001 cartoon Time Squad, Lincoln is depicted as feeling jaded and bitter towards his "Honest Abe" title, believing that he is missing out on fun. As a result, he begins numerous foul pranks and bullies citizens in town instead of paying attention to his presidential duties.
- Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter (2010) is a novel by Seth Grahame-Smith, in which Lincoln makes it his life's goal to destroy all evil vampires in the United States. The film adaptation was released in July 2012.
- The Conspirator (2010) deals with the assassination of Lincoln, centering on Mary Surratt.
- In the "Lincoln Lover" episode of American Dad!, Stan decides to write a play to show his admiration for Lincoln and unwittingly ends up portraying him as a homosexual, attracting the attention of the Log Cabin Republicans
- Lincoln, a 2012 film based upon Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, directed by Steven Spielberg, and starring Daniel Day-Lewis, who won the Academy Award for Best Actor for the role.
- The Green Blade Rises, produced by Terrence Malick, focuses on Lincoln's upbringing, showing the events and tragedies that forged him into the man he became. Jason Clarke is in negotiations to portray Thomas Lincoln, Abraham's father, while Diane Kruger is to portray Sarah Bush Lincoln, Abe's stepmother.  Wes Bentley and Brit Marling have also signed on as Lincoln's first teacher and as Nancy Lincoln. 
- In the Two and a Half Men episode "What a Lovely Landing Strip", Walden tells Bridget that Mary Todd was a "rebound" relationship for Lincoln.
- Louis C.K. parodied his show Louie as Lincoln on Saturday Night Live, portraying Lincoln as a stand up comedian. (Season 38, Episode 6)
- Portrayed by Billy Campbell in "Killing Lincoln".
- The film Abraham Lincoln vs Zombies, from Asylum.
- In the music video for the comedy song "Cold Dead Hand", one of The Eels members is dressed up like Lincoln.
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