Top 10 Saddest Disney Movie Moments

Here's a list of Disney moments I thought were terribly sad!

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1The death of the King of Pride Rock - The Lion King 1994

I watched it a lot I loved since the first time I did and its sad watching this every time heres what it is a son of the lion king is born and everyone is happy then scar comes and everyone is running then he knocks off mufasa and he dies in the stampede and little simba has to be there alone - simpsondude

This scene is truly sad. The reason it's not number one? Well I've seen it too many times. But it still breaks my heart every time. - WaltDisneytoptens1937

I am happy that Mufasa died. He was a bully who forced a species to starve for no reason, and used his own majordomo as a target for his son's pouncing lessons.

I cried so much when I saw him lying there, with Simba helpless. - BoltMarksman

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2"Goodbye May Seem Forever" - The Fox and the Hound 1981

This scene made me cry, okay? Poor Tod getting left behind by his owner and thinks he's gonna come home. God it makes me tear up when I think about it! - WaltDisneytoptens1937

My favorite Disney movie of all time. - Alpha101

I remember I would skip this part as a kid. Couldn't coop with it. - CDShark

This along with the ending really do deserve #2.

3Ellie and Carl "This is your life" - Up 2009

I wouldn't call it the saddest, only because they don't really show ellie in the best way. Like in the beginning, carl looked at her like, "what's going on"? And he didn't really say anything to her, she just kinda forced him into the relationship. Aside from that, she didn't have enough character development. The reason why we all cry at Bambi's mom's death, Pinocchio's death, the beast's near death is because those characters had a decent amount of impact on the story, and you genuinely feel bad when they die. It's like losing a friend right before you could start a friendship. If Ellie was in the movie for a greater amount of time, talked as an adult, and didn't force Carl to play with her, I would've cried at this part.

This was a real tearjerker. It was so sad when Ellie died!

This is the secne at the beginning people. The scene where at the first ten minutes of the movie make you cry? Yeah, that's it. - WaltDisneytoptens1937

4Snow White's funeral on a rainy day - Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 1937

This scene almost made me sob. Seeing the dwarfs crying silently while bowing there heads down in shame at Snow White makes me wanna tear my heart out. - WaltDisneytoptens1937

5Bambi's Mom's death - Bambi 1942

Never seen this movie but everyone talks about it. It gave so many kids nightmares.

I personally think that this is one of THE TOP saddest moments in Disney History. why isn't it in the top 5?

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6"You're a sensation!" - Dumbo 1941

Okay okay. This scene is VERY forgotten. But makes me cry a lot. In my opinion, its sadder then "Baby Mine" but I wish I could include it on this list. Okay, but this scene is when Dumbo ends up being a clown. But after his first performance, people already love him! But Dumbo is still not happy. So right now the clowns are celebrating Dumbo, and Dumbo is outside with Timothy Mouse chatting. Timothy says, "Look! They love ya so much, there celebrating you pal! " And Dumbo is just sitting there so lonely and sad. And he's sniffling and crying. Then Timothy says, "Oh buddy don't be like that! Your a sensation! " And Dumbo still sits there sad and lonely. Makes me feel bad for him every time. So that's my opinion for the #1 most saddest Disney moment. - WaltDisneytoptens1937

7The Pound - Lady and the Tramp 1955

This scene makes it feels like its one of those sad animal care commercials that make you wanna stab yourself. - WaltDisneytoptens1937

I'm not going to lie this is heartbreaking. I cry every time. It reminds me of my dog who was put to sleep. It is always overlooked and I think it is worth the top five.

Stop dog catchers they are CRUEL HEARTLESS people IN REALITY

Not sad Don't know don't care

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8Pinocchio's death - Pinocchio 1940

This is the scene where Pinocchio is on the bed dead and the father is crying on the edge of the bed. It's too sad for me to watch anymore. - WaltDisneytoptens1937

Damn... After we see Pinocchio do something brave by saving his father... We see him facedown in the water, lifeless. Then, it cuts to him on the bed as Gepetto cries over his lifeless body. That gets me every time. And Gepetto's heartbroken cry of "My brave little boy" doesn't help. Damn... It's sad.

I always tear up when Gepetto says "My Brave Little Boy" and Jiminy Cricket cries with his hat off.

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9Esmerelda almost dies - The Hunchback of Notre Dame 1996

After almost being burned at the stake, Quasimodo saves Esmerelda from being burnt. Then later sets her on a bed. But then later he runs back happy shouting "WE WON! Come and see Esmerelda! " But Esmerelda does not wake up. And Quasimodo starts to sob. The reason why I didn't include the Feast of Fools is because when you see how good of friends they've become and then suddenly one is just gone out of nowhere, makes you wanna cry! - WaltDisneytoptens1937

10The opening scene - Finding Nemo 2003

Truly heartbreaking Corral valiantly tries to save the eggs from a barracuda Marlene tries to help but gets knocked out, when he awakes he finds Corral and all of the eggs gone upset by it all he starts crying then he finds the only surviving egg which he names Nemo and vows that he would always protect him. - egnomac

It's only the first scene in the movie and it contains more deaths than any of the Rambo movies.

The Newcomers

?Eugene dies - Tangled
?"Are you afraid of me?" - Zootopia

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11"Baby Mine" - Dumbo 1941

This should be Number one, in the scene Dumbo goes to see his mom after she gets locked for trying to protect him though he can't actually see her the only part he can see is her trunk she rocks him back and forth all with tears in his eyes. - egnomac

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12Jessie's back story - Toy Story 2 1999

Heartbreaking sad moment and song

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13The Beast Dies - Beauty and the Beast 1991

It is sad but at least he came back to life as a human. - Chaotixhero

14"I see nothing." - Mulan 1998

In this scene, Mulan is talking about how she just wanted to prove herself worthy and be the girl she wanted to be. But then she looks at her helmet and says, "But I was wrong, I SEE NOTHING." Then throws the helmet on the ground. - WaltDisneytoptens1937

I actually agree with this. Mulan is my ULTIMATE FAVORITE
And I feel bad for her in this scene

15Tadashi dies - Big Hero 6

This is pretty sad because Tadashi is one of my favorites the other being Wasabi

I saw the movie at the theaters...
... And this is heart-breaking when Hero's brother dies from a campus that blew up from a fire, and again, very sad...


Hiro lost his parents and now his brother...
When he died I almost shouted "Disney, what do you have against happy families! ".

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16Leslie Dies - Bridge to Terabithia

This qualifies as cruelty to the audience, "Bridge to Terabithia" is NOT a children's movie!
Truly heartbreaking!

This movie makes me cry every time I watch it.

17Woody says goodbye to Andy - Toy Story 3V3 Comments
18Tinkerbell almost lost her glow - Peter Pan 1953

I agree. Tinkerbell is like, my favorite character (old one, not the new one) since I was 4 or 5. Seeing her almost die, makes me cry every time.

The real sad part is that Peter Pan is best known as a Disney movie when it was originally a JM Barrie play

This scene is a scene that's sad but very forgotten in Disney, Even though Peter Pan is one of Disneys biggest hits. But this scene is where Tinkerbell just saved Peter's life and gets stuck under some rubble from the explosion that almost killed Peter and and almost dies. Peter goes off looking for Tink shouting "Tinkerbell? " Then finally finds her. Then he says stuff like "Wha-Your not gonna give up now are you? " And Tink's light almost flickers out. It made me feel bad for Peter and Tink. - WaltDisneytoptens1937

19Old Yeller gets killed - Ol' Yeller

I have not seen this in YEARS I still remember when Old Yeller is killed I cry because I think of my dog being killed or taken away from me. :'(

Everything else on this list is "just" a cartoon, this is as real as real gets. Everyone loved that ol' yeller dog!

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20Very good advice - Alice In Wonderland

Just watching Alice give up after becoming hopelessly lost is bad enough. But when the poor girl breaks down crying, that's all it takes for the heartstrings to snap in two.

She was lost and had to spend her time with the mad hatter. Although that was a thrilling ride for her, she had to see the Queen of Hearts chop off heads. She had became lost and would drink a drink, potentially poisonous. Do just MAYBE get home. that takes courage. I wouldn't drink a strange drink for that.

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Top Remixes (4)

1. The death of the King of Pride Rock - The Lion King 1994
2. "Baby Mine" - Dumbo 1941
3. The Beast Dies - Beauty and the Beast 1991
1. "You're a sensation!" - Dumbo 1941
2. "Goodbye May Seem Forever" - The Fox and the Hound 1981
3. Pinocchio's death - Pinocchio 1940
1. The Pound - Lady and the Tramp 1955
2. Snow White's funeral on a rainy day - Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 1937
3. Bambi's Mom's death - Bambi 1942

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