Bioethics at the Box Office: Human Dignity 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 resource, we offer a recap of relevant materials 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


Human Dignity

  • Children of a Lesser God (1986, R)
  • Coming Home (1979, R)
  • Do You Remember Love? (1985, NR)
  • Elephant Man (1980, PG)
  • Erin Brockovich (2000, R for language)
  • Good Will Hunting (1998, R for strong language, including some sex-related dialogue)
  • The Intouchables (2012, R for language and some drug use)
  • Iris (2001, R)
  • Miss Evers’ Boys (1997, PG for theme and related elements)
  • My Left Foot (1989, R)
  • My Life (1993, PG-13 for mature subject matter)
  • Normal (2003, NR)
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1976, R)
  • Philadelphia (1993, PG-13 for some graphic language and thematic material)
  • Rain Man (1988, R)
  • When a Man Loves a Woman (1994, R for language)



Updated December 2016