Bioethics at the Box Office: Research 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


Research Ethics

  • Autopsy (2009, R for strong bloody violence, grisly images, language and drug content)
  • Bourne Legacy (2012, PG-13 for violence and action sequences)
  • The Constant Gardener (2005, R for language, some violent images and sexual content/nudity)
  • Extraordinary Measures (2010, PG for thematic material, language, and a mild suggestive moment)
  • Gamer (2009, R for frenetic sequences of strong brutal violence throughout, sexual content, nudity, and language)
  • I Am Legend (2007, PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence)
  • Isolation (2006, R for violence/gore, language, and a scene of sexuality)
  • Maze Runner (2014, PG-13 for thematic elements and intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, including some disturbing images)
  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011, PG-13 for intense and frightening sequences of action and violence)
  • Shutter Island(2010, R for disturbing violent content, language, and some nudity)
  • Source Code (2011, PG-13 for some violence including disturbing images, and for language)
  • Splice (2010, R for disturbing elements including strong sexuality, nudity, sci-fi violence and language)



Updated December 2016