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Popular Ethical Dilemmas in Movies

Ethical dilemmas are a common theme in films, series, and books, as they provide compelling narratives that challenge characters and engage audiences. 

Here are some examples of ethical dilemmas portrayed in popular films:

Taare Zameen Par

This Hindi film revolves around an 8-year-old dyslexic child named Ishaan who struggles with academics and is misunderstood by his parents and teachers.

When his art teacher, Ram Shankar Nikumbh, discovers his condition, he faces resistance from the school authorities to intervene. The teacher must now pick between guiding Ishaan, who needed his help, and obeying his superior’s orders.


Directed by Lokesh Kanagaraj, this action thriller follows the journey of a recently released prisoner, Dilli, who finds himself caught in the middle of a drug trafficking operation. Dilli faces an ethical dilemma when he must decide whether to prioritize his own freedom or help save the lives of innocent people.

This is often a recurring theme in films that deal with social justice.

3 Idiots

In this film, the protagonist, Rancho, faces an ethical dilemma when his friend Raju faces a crisis that could affect his academic and future career prospects. 

Rancho is torn between helping his friend cheat to pass an exam or allowing him to face the consequences of his actions. Ultimately, he chooses to uphold his principles and encourages Raju to be honest, despite the potential repercussions.

The film ultimately challenges the pressure society places on individuals to conform to traditional educational and professional paths.

Schindler's List

In this cult classic film, Oskar Schindler, a German businessman, is torn between profiting from the Nazi regime by employing Jewish labour in his factory, and using his position to save as many Jews as possible from the Holocaust.

Ultimately, Schindler decides to risk his own safety and wealth to save over a thousand Jews, after witnessing the atrocities committed against Jews.

Let us know in the comments below which of these movies you have watched or are going to watch soon. You can also comment about ethical dilemmas in other movies you have watched. And while you’re at it, don’t forget to click on our social links and give us a follow. 


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