Bioethics at the Box Office: End of Life 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 end of life 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



  • 50/50 (2011, R for language throughout, sexual content and some drug use)
  • Amour (2012, PG-13 for mature thematic material including a disturbing act, and for brief language)
  • Away From Her (2007, PG-13 for some strong language)
  • Barbarian Invasions (2003, R for language, sexual dialogue, and drug content)
  • The Descendants (2011, R for language including some sexual references)
  • Exit: The Right to Die (in French with subtitles) (2006, NR, documentary)
  • The Fault in Our Stars (2014, PG-13 for thematic elements, some sexuality and brief strong language)
  • The Giver (2014, PG-13 for a mature thematic image and some sci-fi action/violence)
  • Griffin and Phoenix (2006, PG-13 for sexual content, some thematic elements, and brief strong language)
  • Happy Tears (2010, R for language, drug use, and some sexual content including brief nudity)
  • It’s My Party (1996, R for language and brief nudity)
  • A Little Bit of Heaven (2012, PG-13 for sexual content, including crude references, and language)
  • Lorenzo’s Oil (1993, PG-13)
  • Love and Other Drugs (2010, R for strong sexual content, nudity, pervasive language, and some drug material)
  • Marvin’s Room (1997, PG-13 for thematic elements and brief language)
  • Million Dollar Baby (2005, PG-13 for violence, some disturbing images, thematic material, and language)
  • My Life (1993, PG-13 for mature subject matter)
  • The Sea Inside (2004, PG-13 for intense depiction of mature thematic material)
  • Seven Pounds (2008, PG-13 for thematic material, some disturbing content, and a scene of sensuality)
  • Source Code (2011, PG-13 for some violence including disturbing images, and for language)
  • Still Alive (2014, PG-13 for mature thematic material, and brief language including a sexual reference)
  • Tuesdays with Morrie (1999, NR)
  • When Did You Last See Your Father? (2007, PG-13 for sexual content, thematic material, and brief strong language)
  • Whose Life Is It Anyway? (1981, R)
  • Wit (2001, PG-13 for some thematic material)



Updated December 2016