Bioethics at the Box Office: Reproductive 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 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


Reproductive Ethics

  • 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2008, NR)
  • Baby Mama (2008, PG-13 for crude and sexual humor, language and a drug reference)
  • The Back-Up Plan (2010, PG-13 for sexual content including references, some crude material and language)
  • The Brothers Solomon (2007, R for language and sexual content)
  • Choices of the Heart: The Margaret Sanger Story (1995, NR)
  • Delivery Man (2013, PG-13 for thematic elements, sexual content, some drug material, brief violence and language)
  • Flatliners (1990, R)
  • The Giver (2014, PG-13 for a mature thematic image and some sci-fi action/violence)
  • The Handmaid’s Tale (1990, R)
  • If These Walls Could Talk (1996, R for realistic depiction of abortions, a graphic shooting and some language)
  • Interstellar (2014, PG-13 for some intense perilous action and brief strong language)
  • Juno (2007, PG-13 for mature thematic material, sexual content and language)
  • The Kids Are All Right (2010, R for strong sexual content, nudity, language, and some teen drug and alcohol use)
  • Kids Like These (1987, NR)
  • Malice (1993, R for sexuality, language and some violence)
  • Maybe Baby (2001, R for sexual content and language)
  • Misconception (2010, NR)
  • Miss Conception (2008, R for language and some sexual content)
  • My Sister’s Keeper (2009, PG-13 for mature thematic content, some disturbing images, sensuality, language, and brief teen drinking)
  • Pregnant in America (2008, NR, documentary)
  • A Private Matter (1992, PG-13)
  • The Switch (2010, PG-13 for mature thematic content, sexual material including dialogue, some nudity, drug use, and language)
  • A Walk to Beautiful (2008, NR, documentary)



Updated December 2016