Top 10 Darkest Disney Movies


The Top Ten

1 The Hunchback of Notre Dame

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.

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.

Ah 5 Deaths

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

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

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

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).

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

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

4 Return to Oz

Scariest and creepiest kids movie ever. And I love it

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

Egnomac this is me mrcoolface. What did you mean with the whole giving the devil my due thing on overdense's top ten members list. Also I don't hate you, I just don't like anime. It doesn't interest me.

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

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5 The Lion King

This would basically be a hamlet play just with animals

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

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

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6 Fantasia

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

Four Words: Night on Bald Mountain - egnomac

7 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.

I like this film

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8 Toy Story 3

The villain is so scary

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...

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

This is my favorite but its kinda dark

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9 The Nightmare Before Christmas

It is amazing. one of my favorite Disney movies

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

This is touchstone.

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

10 James and the Giant Peach

This movie is a total flop!

The Contenders

11 Spirited Away

I cried at this movie, should be #2

This movie belongs to Ghibli, not to Disney.

12 Alice In Wonderland (2010)

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

13 Saving Mr. Banks
14 Frozen

I don't think it's dark, but I do think Elsa's gay
eh eh anybody with me - BreakFastBeast2005

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 Old Yeller
16 Pocahontas

Listen to “Savages.”

17 The Incredibles

This is a VERY dark movie.

18 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

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

19 Bambi

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

come on

20 Maleficent
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 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.

23 Brother Bear

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

24 The Princess and the Frog

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

25 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.

26 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😽

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

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.

30 Dumbo

Pink elephants on parade!

31 The Watcher in the Woods
32 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.

33 The Black Hole

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

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

34 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.

35 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

36 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.

37 The Great Mouse Detective

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

38 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.

39 Sleeping Beauty
40 101 Dalmatians

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

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 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.

43 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
44 Clueless
45 Oliver & Company
46 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

47 Lady and the Tramp
48 Peter Pan
49 The Rescuers: Down Under

Scary when the bad guy does

50 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
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Updated 27 Sep 2018

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