Bioethics at the Box Office: Public Health 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


Public Health

  • Contagion (2011, PG-13 for disturbing content and some language)
  • The Insider (1999, R for language)
  • The Ryan White Story (1998, NR)



Updated December 2016