Bioethics at the Box Office: Disability 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 edition, we offer a recap of materials relevant to disability ethics 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


Disability Ethics

  • Away from Her (2007, PG-13 for some strong language)
  • Charly (1968, PG)
  • Elephant Man (1980, PG)
  • Guarding Eddy (2005, PG for thematic elements, language, some mild violent content and brief smoking) 
  • The Intouchables (2012, R for language and some drug use)
  • Mask (1985, R)
  • Music Within (2007, R for including sexual references and some drug content)
  • Praying with Lior (2008, NR, documentary)



Updated December 2016