Bioethics at the Box Office: Cloning Edition


CBHD often receives requests from educators and other individuals for popular resources that engage bioethics through various media (fiction, film, and television). In this edition, we offer a recap of materials relevant to cloning that have premiered on the silver screen or television. Readers are cautioned that the films represent a wide variety of genres and may not be appropriate for all audiences. The reason for the rating classification is provided where available. Viewers are encouraged to read annotations/synopses available through such websites as or If there is a film you think we missed, email us at



  • Blade Runner (1982, R for violence)
  • The Boys from Brazil (1978, R)
  • Cloud Atlas (2012, R for violence, language, sexuality/nudity and some drug use)
  • Godsend (2004, PG-13 for violence including frightening images, a scene of sexuality, and some thematic material)
  • The Island (2005, PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some sexuality and language) 
  • Moon (2010, R for language)
  • Never Let Me Go (2010, Rated R for some sexuality and nudity)
  • Oblivion (2013, PG-13 for sci-fi action violence, brief strong language, and some sensuality/nudity)



Updated December 2016