Top 10 Darkest Disney Movies

The Top Ten Darkest Disney Movies

1 The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Honestly, it is creepy as hell, especially with the murder and the lustful man.

Dark, because It touches a subjects like racism, religious fanaticism, AND... "practically unheard of in a Disney movie" it touches sexual lust, which makes it a unique standalone in the long slew of Disney movies.

Many of the people voting seemed to have confused dark with scary. Something scary is in your face, Ursula's death can be called scary. Dark implies something more subtle that has an alternative meaning. The song hellfire in Hunchback is dark. They show no blood and death, it is just shown with words where he sings about raping Esmeralda and/or sending her to hell. My other choices for this list would be Zootopia for the racism. The Princess and the Frog because the villain is literally dragged into hell. And finally, The Lion King for making Scar strikingly similar to Hitler. - schnippernyc

OK, let me get this straight...

Public humiliation, judgmental village folks, lots and lots of death, scenes when characters we love almost die, the song 'Hellfire' which is about lust...

This was a very dark Disney movie. But overall, it is the best animated movie I've ever watched and it is very underrated. Everyone should watch it at least once.

2 The Black Cauldron

With its creepy villain and the undead army that he's created with the black cauldron, this movie could be on the list where the darkness raised the bar in Disney animation.

There is a rumor where there is a deleted scene where there was partial nudity from the princess. Brought to you by the happiest place on earth

Forgive me for saying this guys, but I'm afraid those people at Disney might have been on drugs when they made this piece of trash.

3 Pinocchio

By today's standards Pinocchio should be rated PG a lot has to due with the whole Pleasure Island scene an island where bad kids can drink, smoke fight with and even kill one another the only thing its missing is an hooker bar, but as it turns out the island is a trap where the coachman turn the kids into donkey's and sell's them off to places like the salt mines and the whole sequence where Lampwit turns into a donkey is pretty scary. - egnomac

Child trafficking, death, kids drinking/smoking, children gone forever, possibly murder...I mean do I really need to say more? The villains get away with it, and all of those donkeys (A.K.A kids) will keep disappearing and dying because...they are kids who don't like supervision from adults (like most kids out there).

I can't believe I saw this when I was like 5. I mean it's pretty good but really dark, to me, especially the pleasure island part

When kids go to Pleasure Island they never come back... AS BOYS!

4 Return to Oz

Return to Oz drops everything that was great about the original Wizard of Oz colorful atmosphere, musical numbers and lovable characters and replaces it with hideously deformed characters and darker tone. - egnomac

Scariest and creepiest kids movie ever. And I love it

This is a dark, creepy and weird film that they made based on L. Frank Baum's books.

Its not dark. Its just a crappy wizard of oz sequel that looks like a failed remake.

5 The Lion King

Scar murders Mufasa in order to take over as king then tricks Simba into deserting his kingdom by telling him that Mufasa's death was his fault, Simba comes back all grown up and challenges Scar then sends him over the edge and is either killed or eaten by the Hyenas. - egnomac

This would basically be a hamlet play just with animals

Scar has killed Simba's dad. - EpicJake

It may be all happy and cute at first with Simba and Nala’s friendship as cubs, but then it gets darker throughout the movie and later escalates to Scar killing Mufasa and blaming Simba for it, then Simba returning as an adult and fighting Scar. - 3DG20

6 The Fox and the Hound

The first half of the movie is more kid friendly but after both Tod and Copper grow up they are pitted against each other even Big Mama warns Tod that the time will come when Copper will do what Amos has trained him to due which is hunt game, just the scene where Tod and Copper are face to face with each other with a crazed look in their eyes as they go in for the kill. - egnomac

This should be in the top three, or in the top five to say the least. By the middle of the movie to the end, it gets more sadder and sadder, and the themes of the wildlife makes you feel lost. This movie is incredibly good and sad. Probably one of the best Disney films in my opinion.

This was the warning by IMBD, that The Fox & the Hound is sure to be the darkest Disney movie since it first came.

The Fox & the Hound franchise is as old as the best-know Mario franchise which is even more famous than the Mickey Mouse franchise overall.

They were separated

7 Fantasia

This is when disney looked aside of being kid friendly and focused more on the music rather than whats actually showing on screen. Once you past "The Rite of Spring" (which by the way is the bestt ❤) you see dinosaurs die, and get eaten and stuuf. Then at the very end, The Night on Baldmountian. Mm that is very haunting. He is pretty much satan. This disney movie is a bit HAUNTING but not dark. Either way, this movie delivers amazing animation, and AMAZING music, that make this movie beautiful, and worth your time.

Four Words: Night on Bald Mountain - egnomac

Definitely the best Disney movie ever made. And since Chernabog is the reason to be scared of, it deserves to be top 3, Chernabog is the scariest and the best Disney Villain ever made. - asantalo

8 Toy Story 3

The inner story of this film is full of discrimination. Toys in one room are treated one way and other toys are treated in another. And then there's the incineration scene...

This is my favorite but its kinda dark

The villain is so scary

The first 2 were not very dark with very few exceptions, but things took a pretty dark turn here with Lotso’s backstory, the reincarnation scene and pretty much the whole last quarter of the film. - 3DG20

9 The Nightmare Before Christmas

It is a little too scary for little scary for little kids but is really really good

I watched it when I was around 5 or 6 years old.

This is touchstone.

It is amazing. one of my favorite Disney movies

10 James and the Giant Peach

This movie is a total flop!

The Contenders

11 Spirited Away

This movie belongs to Ghibli, not to Disney.

So sad but has a really good meaning

I cried at this movie, should be #2

12 Alice In Wonderland (2010)

The scene where the hatter tells Alice about when the Red Queen took over

One of my childhood favorites

13 Old Yeller

"Rabies and Death <3"

14 Frozen

Guys, the trolls are the bad guys, watch film theory to find out, the trolls planned to take over the throne.

I LOVED this film, but I don't consider it dark.

I don't think this movie is "dark"

I'd love this movie more if there wasn't singing

15 Saving Mr. Banks
16 Bambi

Yeah killing off bambi’s mum is pretty dark and sad and poor bambi crying over her corspe

Despite its cuteness this movie has a couple of dark moments most memorable is the death of Bambi's mom another scene is where a couple of birds are hiding in the grass and one of them starts panicking uncontrollably and flies off and is shot down by the hunters. - egnomac

17 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Snow White nearly getting murdered in the start or poisoned is definitely dark and let’s not forget the boulder that crushed the evil queen then had her corpse eaten by vultures definitely one of the darkest Disney films

The Evil Queen commands the Huntsman to kill Snow White and if that wasn't enough also wants him to rip out her heart and place it in a chest as proof of her death. - egnomac

18 Pocahontas

Listen to “Savages.”

19 The Incredibles

This is a VERY dark movie.

Killing off syndrome by airplane is very dark .

20 Maleficent

Honestly an amazing movie, I love the character designs and the back story is super good

21 The Brave Little Toaster

The entire movie is a demonstration of insanity as they try to reach their destination, the 4 songs give the movie it's theme, 'City of Light' is optimism, the journey just started, 'It's a B Movie' is a show of captives giving up, 'Cutting Edge' has a theme that flat out says YOU ARE REPLACEABLE, and 'Worthless' shows you that once you have outlived your usefulness, the world will throw you to the grinder to die, it is by far the most down to earth a Disney film has been despite being very 'Toy Story'

Surprised this wasn't here already. But hey, at least we have Brother Bear! Definitely deserves its spot!


22 Brother Bear

Killing a bear then nearly getting murdered by his brother very dark.

Kenai stabbed Koda's mother. Also the background music is pretty dark.

Kenai kills Koda’s mother out of revenge. That’s pretty dark. It also has one of the best morals/lessons of any Disney movie because of this

23 Monsters University

The scenes where mike and sully are seen breaking and entering into a "door" is the darkest. When they come upon the summer camps cabin; then alerting CIT's (? ) and forest deputies, pretty dark theme in genral.

24 Big Hero 6

It's dark at some parts

Jeez, the real dark scene was tadashi's death, or the fact the parents are dead (good ol disney) or the fact callaghan was alive and he screwed tadashi's efforts to help him, but this movie otherwise is really not that dark.

Death of hiro’s brother

25 Chicken Little
26 Something Wicked This Way Comes
27 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

Jack coming back from the dead and the death of the captain I forget his name is very sad

This film was probably the darkest of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. It deals with loss and suffering, it also has a few violent depiction. Davy Jones has some pretty deep motivations.

Beckette's death was creepy.

28 The Princess and the Frog

Its Dark mostly for the whole Voodoo magic thing. - egnomac

29 Brave

This movie is so dark its not even for kids the whole movie about trying to change your fate so of course kids won't like it

The whole movie Dark to be honest Except for the ending

I honestly think brave is the first movie that really empowers women besides Mulan by the way I'm a feminist if you're a guy prepare to get your dick chopped off thanks😽

30 Dumbo

Pink elephants on parade!

31 Lilo & Stitch

Despite it's PG rating, the film does go a bit far. There are also a few scrapped scenes including one with some tourists who see Lilo and then one says, "Oh, look! A real native! " Luckly, the animators didn't want to be racist about Hawaiian culture. Another scene that didn't make it to the final cut, was Pudge's death. Lilo introduces Pudge the fish to Stitch. Stitch is disgusted by Pudge's appearance and throws him out of Lilo's hands and the poor fish gets eaten by seagulls. Lilo chases the seagulls away and mournfully picks up Pudge's mutilated dead body and scolds Stitch. She then buries the fish next to her and her sister's parents' graves. Animators found the scene way too gruesome for children and cut it for good.

The deleted seagulls scene though

32 The Watcher in the Woods
33 The Great Mouse Detective

It's dark when the bad guy falls to his death

34 Beauty and the Beast

The enchantress turning the prince into a beast, both wolf chases, beast locking maurice in a dungeon, beast's roars, that music in the west wing, gaston's plan to blackmail belle into mairrage, the mob song and the beast dying.

35 Sleeping Beauty
36 101 Dalmatians

This movie is about killing the puppies and using their furs. So yeah this is dark!

37 The Black Hole

Very underrated movie and pretty dark after you've watched it.

A classic but very Dark with a 2001 Space Odyssey type of ending.

38 The Rescuers

Medusa was a horrible horrible woman. Poor Penny had to go to an underground cave to find the Devil’s eye. It wasn’t till the mice Bianca and Bernard helped her find that diamond.

39 Zootopia

This movie should be much higher on the list. While it is my favorite Disney movie of all time, there’s no denying how incredibly dark this movie got if you read between the lines.

First of all this movie isn't for kids whatsoever

40 The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad

Should be number five at least I mean Ichabod’s death Horrendous. This is not a kids film.

41 Wreck-It Ralph

OwO This movie actually is pretty dark. Like, the whole dream sequence where Vanellope gets destroyed by being unplugged is...oof...also, Turbo is pretty terrifying.

42 Peter Pan

A boy literally takes kids to an island FOREVER. They can't grow up, they can't live their own lives if they chose to stay. When you think about it, it is kinda messed up.

43 Marvel's The Avengers

Wouldn't call it a classic Disney movie, but seeing that it is 'M' the plot isn't that dark. Overall a great movie.

44 The Rescuers: Down Under

Scary when the bad guy does

45 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
46 Clueless
47 Oliver & Company
48 The Little Mermaid

Half naked Ariel, Ursula’s scary laugh, and not to mention Ursula’s own demise? THAT’S HOW DARK IT CAN BE. But still, it’s better than Hans Christian Anderson’s Verizon (that story is horrible). - asantalo

49 Lady and the Tramp
50 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
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