Top 10 Saddest Disney Movie Moments

Here's a list of Disney moments I thought were terribly sad!
The Top Ten
1 The death of the King of Pride Rock - The Lion King (1994)

Obviously would be traumatic and heartbreaking to witness one of your parents die in front of your eyes. That said, this was a powerful scene. Apparently if you were to show this your dog and cat, it has been shown that even they would feel sadness too. Goes to show how amazing the animation was, and also how caring animals are.

He saw his father die in front of him when he was only a kid. I'd consider this one of the saddest Disney moments, because losing someone you've been close to when you're still a kid, especially if you watch them lose their life, must really be hard.

Just as family can bring the greatest hope, it can also bring the greatest despair. But then, it is family, which makes people the most important of all the life on Earth. Even if tragedies happen, don't lose hope.

It's heart breaking when a child loses a parent especially for samba as he saw how his poor father died all because of scar
How could you kill your own brother, that's the same level of craziness with suicide.

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

If this scene wasn't sad for you, you're dead inside. This moment was so sad! Tod's owner has raised him since he was a baby when his mother was killed by a hunter. The moment she leaves him in the wild and she knows what's best for both of them, she was crying and Tod was extremely sad

This is and always has been my favorite Disney film and to this day even mentioning this scene to me makes me feel like I'm going to drown in my own tears. Such a harsh reality for a Disney film and in my opinion definitely should be in the number one spot.

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!

That poem at the start just got me in the feels, dude, I hope they make a sequel where they meet again!

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

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.

Oh my god, it was so sad. They couldn't even have kids and that moment when she passes the book to Carl, oh my god, that was the saddest part...

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.

I dare you not to get emotional during this scene. You can't do it. It's just so sad!

4 Bambi's Mom's death - Bambi

This is so sad I can't even read about it, let alone watch it, without envisioning Hitler, Saddam Hussein, Voldemort, Darth Vader, Osama Bin Laden, Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, Dracula, Frankenstein T. Monster, Ingrid Newkirk and Cinderella's stepmother crying hysterically at the same time over it!

This is so sad this should be number one the problem is who is Man the villain people think it's
Gaston or Judge Doom I just want to know.

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?

5 "Baby Mine" - Dumbo (1941)

I am a machismo type guy, I drink beer, shoot guns, and like women with big behinds, oh yeah I am also antigay ( well I like lesbians hehe) so you would imagine I don't cry at all, and you would be right, but this scene is the only one that does get to me. If it ever happens that someone is watching this movie I just leave cause my friends would laugh at me if they saw me cry. Everything about this scene is just too much, the ambient the build up, the music, and above all how dumbo misses his mother. I remember that bambi would make me cry as a kid, so maybe that scene rivals this one, but as far as those other top ones, they are sad but not that much. I was 11 when I saw the lion king and I didn't cry, the fox and the hound scene is sad but that's it, finding nemo opening scene is sad but not even close to make you cry, there is just no connection yet. I also keep seeing people talk about the movie Up.. and that the opening 15 minutes will make you cry, that is not possible unless ...more

It's a pity Dumbo had to leave his mother right after she finished singing her lullaby to him. Apparently it isn't absurd enough that he was put in both the worst circus act ever (a blatant disaster involving every elephant in the herd EXCEPT his mother) and the worst clown act ever!

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.

This is by far one of the most 'Heart Crushing Scenes' ever to show up in a 'Cartoon' since it is so Sad that 'Dumbo's Mum' is put away, all cause she was only defending her 'Son' from 'Nasty Brats' which any 'Mum' would do, plus 'Dumbo' really misses her and wants her back, which does happen at the End...

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

Ok, it might sound weird but...remember when Prince Florian took her to the castle in the clouds? Well...wouldn't it make sense that she died and went to Heaven? Yeah, most likely what Walt was representing, and she's my favorite Disney character so yeah, this is just sad y'all...

Can't believe it, this scene was so sad!

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.

7 Jessie's back story - Toy Story 2

When she loved me...

8 Opening scene - Finding Nemo

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.

Marlin gets hit and falls to his phenemone. Coral tries to save the entire egg colony, but ends up getting eaten by the barracuda. Marlin grabs Nemo's egg and says "It's okay, daddy's got you." That's so sad.

People may be thinking, "How could you get so sad with just a character who was in for 3 minutes goofing off? Well Pixar can make that happen. This scene was truly sad

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

9 Pinocchio's death - Pinocchio

I always tear up a bit at this scene, seeing someone so kind-hearted as Gepetto weeping inconsolably over Pinocchio's dead body, imagine poor Gepetto's reaction when he woke up from escaping from Monstro and found Pinocchio dead. And it's not just Gepetto's sobbing for his son that gets to me, seeing Jiminy Cricket, Cleo, and especially sweet Figaro crying for Pinocchio...It's just heartbreaking. At least we get a small funny moment when Pinocchio awakes from the dead as a real boy and Gepetto says, "Lie down, Pinocchio, you're dead."

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.

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.

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

10 The Pound - Lady and the Tramp

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.

ANIMAL CRUELTY! I'm so glad all my animals were saved from shelters, not stores, because now they get great treatment with me

I think the ASCPA paid Disney to put this in the movie. Simply heartbreaking.

This can just give you depression.

The Contenders
11 "You're a sensation!" - Dumbo (1941)

Very teary scene

12 The Beast Dies - Beauty and the Beast (1991)

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

13 Old Yeller gets killed - Ol' Yeller

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

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. :'(

This scene was just sad

14 Bing Bong dies - Inside Out

"Take her to the moon for me." - Bing Bong, that scene was so sad!

This is the saddest damn moment of any movie ever.

I cried, it was very sad. I wish I could say more.

"Take Riley to the moon for me, okay?"

15 Dory's backstory - Finding Dory

Watching an innocent young girl asking for a way back home is heartbreaking, especially the flashback scene where see says "hi, I'm Dory, can you get me home" (or something that) to a couple fish and then after she turns around...she asked ta same question not knowing she already asked.

16 Hero Boy loses the bell - The Polar Express

I know that he got it back at the end of the film but I still thought that him losing it was pretty sad.

17 Half the universe turning to dust - Avengers: Infinity War

Mr. Stark,

I don't feel so good

18 Woody says goodbye to Andy - Toy Story 3

This reminds me of my little stuffed duck I've had since I was born. Now, he's all torn up and has no stuffing

This got me crying because I grew up a wee boy playing and watching toy story, to the point where I have collectibles today. :(

So long partner.

19 Tadashi dies - Big Hero 6

I can relate to this! Losing a family member can be the worst thing that has ever happened to you. My grandfather died of brain cancer and I didn't know he was even in the hospital so I dang cried my eyes out!

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! ".

The reason why disney parents and family members die is from a very tragic story: shortly after snow white and the seven dwarves was realeased, walt disney got a lot of money he decided to surprise his parents by having them move from their house in oregon to a mansion in los angeles, however, there was a carbon monoxide leak in the mansion and his mother died of carbon monoxide poisoning, and walt then started reflecting his grief and guilt into his own artwork.

20 Esmeralda almost dies - The Hunchback of Notre Dame

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!

21 Dumbo's mother taken away - Dumbo

Okay, I hate circuses now! Circus workers are junks and I hope they are burned alive

22 Lady chews tramp out - Lady and the Tramp
23 Mr. Banks' walk to the bank at night - Mary Poppins

It is sad because it was perfect, no dialogue just slow sad music and nothing but a man walking to what is supposedly the end of his life.

24 Leslie Dies - Bridge to Terabithia

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

After I watched this movie, I felt sad for months...Is there still have a chance that Leslie wasn't die..

Lesley was beautifully played by Anna-Sophia - easy to fall in love with her character.

This movie makes me cry every time I watch it.

25 Rapunzel gets locked up in the tower - Tangled
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