Bioethics at the Box Office: Neuroethics 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 materials relevant to neuroethics 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



  • Elysium (2013, R for strong bloody violence and language throughout)
  • Gamer (2009, R for frenetic sequences of strong brutal violence throughout, sexual content, nudity, and language)
  • The Giver (2014, PG-13 for a mature thematic image and some sci-fi action/violence)
  • Inception (2010, PG-13 for sequences of violence and action throughout)
  • Just Another Love Story (2008, NR)
  • Limitless (2011, PG-13 for thematic material involving a drug, violence including disturbing images, sexuality and language)
  • Lucy (2014, R for strong violence, disturbing images, and sexuality)
  • Maze Runner (2014, PG-13 for thematic elements and intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, including some disturbing images)
  • Self/less (2015, PG-13 for sequences of violence, some sexuality, and language)
  • Side Effects (2013, R for sexuality, nudity, violence, and language)
  • Source Code (2011, PG-13 for some violence including disturbing images, and for language)
  • Surrogates (2009, PG-13 for intense sequences of violence, disturbing images, language, sexuality, and a drug-related scene)
  • Total Recall (2012, PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, some sexual content, brief nudity, and language)
  • Transcendence (2014, PG-13 for sci-fi action and violence, some bloody images, brief strong language and sensuality)



Updated December 2016