Bioethics at the Box Office: Organ Donation & Transplantation 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


Organ Donation & Transplantation

  • Coma (1978, PG)
  • Dirty Pretty Things (2002, R for sexual content, disturbing images, and language)
  • The Eye (2008, PG-13 for violence/terror and disturbing content)
  • John Q (2002, PG-13 for violence, language, and intense thematic elements)
  • Never Let Me Go (2010, R for some sexuality and nudity)
  • Repo! The Genetic Opera! (2008, R for strong bloody violence and fore, language, some drug and sexual content)
  • Repo Men (2010, R for strong bloody violence, grisly images, language, and some sexuality/nudity)
  • Seven Pounds (2008, PG-13 for thematic material, some disturbing content, and a scene of sensuality)
  • Steel Magnolias (1989, PG)



Updated December 2016