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Philosophy in Movies: Ethics

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1. Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)
According to Mary Litch in Philosophy Through Film various major ethical theories are represented by characters in this film. I haven't seen it yet; I'll delve further into these ideas later.

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2. Extreme Measures (1996)
Do the ends always justify the means?

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3. Run Lola Run (1998)
How do we know how the future will be affected by choosing one action over another?
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4. Judgement at Nuremberg (1961)
How do you judge relative guilt and innocence? Does it make a difference if someone was "just following orders?"

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5. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Is it right to risk many lives to save just one?

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6. Minority Report (2002)
Is it ethical to punish someone for a crime he has not yet committed?
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I am seeking movies for a curriculum on Film Studies & Philosophy I'm writing for my homeschooled teen-ager and me. This section deals with ethics. How should we live? Comments and suggestions are enthusiastically welcomed. :-)

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Posted: 2 years, 7 months ago at Aug 27 9:17
Blade Runner would also be a good example. What distinguishes the Replicants from humans? Is Rick Dekkard really a hero?
Posted: 1 year, 11 months ago at Apr 30 5:25
The Decalogue is the most ethically complex series of films I've ever seen; Roger Ebert taught a class on the films, and it's one of Stanley Kubrick's favorite screenplays - he said
...they have the very rare ability to dramatize their ideas rather than just talking about them. By making their points through the dramatic action of the story they gain the added power of allowing the audience to discover what's really going on rather than being told. They do this with such dazzling skill, you never see the ideas coming and don't realize until much later how profoundly they have reached your heart.
I couldn't say it any better than Stanley Kubrick.

If you feel your teenager is old and mature enough, you'll probably have many ethical discussions stemming from the films; the films are pretty sad, so unless if you're OK with crying with your child, the films should be seen alone (I imagine it would be a profound shared experience). The films are more than just about faith; the films can be considered agnostic, but unlike Bergman's films, the films clearly show less doubt in a belief in a god. Here's a list about the films.

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