FleshEatingZipper says: "Making a successful biopic about an accomplished individual is a tricky thing. Most biopics tend to be bloated, self indulgent affairs that span the life of a person from childhood to grave without much emphasis being placed on what made the subject of the film so great in the first place. They tend to be embarrassing Oscar fodder and nothing more. However, a few unquestionably great biopics have emerged over the past decades—Amadeus, Braveheart, Raging Bull, and Steven Spielberg’s own Schindler’s List to name a few—and almost without fail, those movies honed in on a relatively narrow time frame. Instead of adopting a broad unfocused approach to the subject, the filmmakers restricted themselves to giving a detailed, intimate examination of a person during a particular event. In adapting Abraham Lincoln’s life to film, Steven Spielberg chose to focus on the last months of the President’s life instead of indulging in a four hour epic vanity project. The result is probably the greatest biopic on Abraham Lincoln ever put to film."