Bioethics at the Box Office: Genetic Ethics 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 genetic ethics 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


Genetic Ethics

  • Avatar (2009, PG-13 for intense epic battle sequences and warfare, sensuality, language and some smoking)
  • Babylon A.D. (2008, PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, language and some sexuality)
  • Bourne Legacy (2012, PG-13 for violence and action sequences)
  • Code 46 (2004, R for a scene of sexuality, including brief graphic nudity)
  • Extraordinary Measures (2010, PG for thematic material, language, and a mild suggestive moment)
  • Gattaca (1997, PG-13 for brief violent images, language, and some sexuality)
  • The Giver (2014, PG-13 for a mature thematic image and some sci-fi action/violence)
  • Hanna (2011, PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some sexual material and language)
  • I Am Legend (2007, PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence)
  • In the Family (2008, NR, documentary)
  • In Time (2011, PG-13 for violence, some sexuality and partial nudity, and strong language)
  • The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996, PG-13 for sci-fi violence, horror, and gore involving mutant creatures)
  • Isolation (2006, R for violence/gore, language, and a scene of sexuality)
  • Jurassic Park (1993, PG-13 for intense science fiction terror)
  • Man of Steel (2013, PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence, action and destruction, and for some language)
  • Memory (2007, R for language and frightening images)
  • My Sister’s Keeper (2009, PG-13 for mature thematic content, some disturbing images, sensuality, language, and brief teen drinking)
  • Resident Evil: Extinction (2007, R for strong horror violence throughout and some nudity)
  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011, PG-13 for intense and frightening sequences of action and violence)
  • Splice (2010, R for disturbing elements including strong sexuality, nudity, sci-fi violence and language)
  • The Twilight of the Golds (1997, PG-13 for thematic elements and brief language)
  • Ultraviolet (2006, PG-13 for sequences of violent action throughout, partial nudity, and language)



Updated December 2016