Top 10 Saddest Disney Movies

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Though we only saw Carl's relationship with Ellie for a few minutes, it was clear they had a beautiful and true love. The whole sequence of their life was so well written but it's the music that really made it so emotional. And seeing Ellie die before they got to travel like they wanted was heartbreaking. Poor Carl, I'm glad he finally found peace with Russel and Dug.

What makes a person more sad than seeing a normal romance that has its ups and downs and ends in a way that for the most part, almost every married couple experiences at the end. But it isn't the beginning that makes me the saddest, it's the end, right before the climax when we finally learn what it means to go on an adventure, it doesn't have to include exotic locations, epic romances, great tragedy. All you need is a two people who just get along and enjoy getting along.

I've never cried so much watching a kids' film. In fact, when my family and I first watched it at the cinema, adults and children were all in tears. It's an amazing film for the entire family to enjoy, no matter what age. This story is so sad, but also funny, so it will have you crying one minute and laughing the next. I absolutely adore this film, it's beautiful.

This movie is definitely one of the saddest out there. Everyone knows about the super sad stuff in the beginning but even the ending is really sad. The kid's dad never showed up for his award for boy scouts and it took an old man who was a stranger to him a few days prior for the poor kid to feel loved. Sad stuff.

2 The Lion King

This is a very sad (yet very beautiful and amazing) movie. It first starts with many wonderful animals coming to see the birth of prince Simba. Rafiki, a creepy but a hilarious and loving baboon, raises the cub in the air so the animals can see. Then it shows Scar, the king Mufasa's brother, catching a mouse. Scar was a cruel and selfish lion with a hideous scar running down his eye. Before he eats the mouse, strict Zazu the hornbill comes and tells Scar that king Mufasa is on his way and that Scar must have a good reason why he missed the coming of Simba. Angered by losing his lunch, Scar traps Zazu in his mouth. An angry Mufasa comes and commands Scar to spit him out. Later, Simba grows up into a very loving young cub and has a best buddy named Nala. One day, they venture off into an elephant graveyard. They meet three very hungry hyenas. Before they get eaten, Mufasa saves the cubs, but then scolds Simba. At night, Mufasa's anger leaves, and shows Simba the stars. Then it is shown ...more

I watched this movie one night and, in the stampede scene, the music was getting intense, and I started to cry, because I knew Mufasa was about to reach the end of his journey. Another moment that I found emotional was a happier moment: the scene where Mufasa reminded Simba to remember who he was, which made Simba return to his home. Frankly, this is the most emotional Disney movie I've ever seen.

The best disney dad, parents and is also one of many of the best disney characters ever is juddered before our very eyes because of his heartless, Hitler like brother who kills him and before I continue I must say that though it's kind of small I find that the fact that scar mocks Mufassa by saying "Long Love The King" is very sad. Odiously it's sooo devastating when Simba cuddles beside his dead father. There are other part of the film that in a way come across as sad but they could also be mixed emotions of drama, sadness and redemption for example Mufassa I mean you don't know weather to be sad because Mufassa can not physically be with Simba or to be happy that He lives in Simba and that he will claim the throne. Anyway I still think that this movie is without a doubt the saddest Disney movie ever made

Though I wouldn't really call it a sad movie, Mufasa's death always hit hard. The saddest part was the way Simba reacted to it, and then how Scar kicked him out of the kingdom. Plus, he blamed himself for it.

3 The Fox and the Hound

Downright one of the saddest movies ever, it's about growing up and facing loss. Todd and Cooper were such great friends and the beginning and vowed for their friendship to never be broken. But then Cooper grew up and realized that he was a hunting hound and that he could never truly be friends with Todd. Todd tries to maintain their friendship but ends up getting abandoned by his owner who rescued him as a kit. Still, he decided to save Cooper when the latter was attacked by a bear and Cooper saved him back when Cooper's owner almost shot him.

The fox and the hound is arguably the saddest movie Disney had created, making everybody have the feels for the poor little rascals Todd the fox and Copper the hound. When Copper is taken on a hunting trip during the fall to learn what it is to be a hunter dog, Todd is told by his friends about how Copper is being taken away to learn how to kill animals like him, and is warned about the hunger who might kill him if they see him again. Even though Todd is scared of the animal skins hanging on the wall of the hunter's shed, he still trusts Copper with his life. This really shows in the end when the hunter was about to shoot Todd after he was weakened by the bear attack, but Copper stepped in and guarded Todd, making the hunter give up. Their friendship really shows during this movie, lesson of the movie, no matter the differences of people, friendships can never stop being made, even if their forbidden, because love always finds a way.

Let's just get this over with:
The first scene in the movie centers around a mother fox holding her baby as she tries to escape a hunter; peculiarly darker than other Disney openings.
The mother fox is shot to death wild the baby is left alone, until he is adopted by Widow Tweed.
The young fox, now a child, meets a young hound dog.
They have a lot of fun, and promise to be friends forever. However, as the hound goes out on a very long hunting trip, he realizes what his passion is. When the hound comes back, he and the fox can't stay friends again, after the hound's adopted father is hit by a train.
In the climax, the fox and the hound fight each other to the death.
The fox saves the hound from the bear, however. Then, in favor of saving his life, the hound saves his former childhood friend from getting shot when the fox has no energy left in him.
The movie doesn't end in a happy way. They don't become friends again after the incident, instead, they understand that ...more

The Fox and the Hound is a Disney classic and its pretty underrated. I feel like this movie is one of the saddest of the Disney movies because I feel like friendship is very important. And how Tod and Copper lost their friendship. My eyes were filled with tears during the whole course of the movie. I was crying like a baby when Widow Tweed had to leave Tod and worst of all the song was not making it better. If your looking for a downer this is your movie.

4 Bambi

This was the first movie I saw in a theatre at 5 years old. My mom told me I cried for days. I kept asking her why Bambi's mother had to die. To this day I still cannot bring myself to watch it...

This should be at least number 2. I mean, the poor little dear is abandoned because the mom dies. Then other deer get mad at him for no reason, it's a really sad movie.

I just see Bambi lose her mother its really sad because on this movies humans do all the problems,too if you look at ''bambi 2 the forest prince'' Where the dad is there. Bambi dream of her mother. and she was saying: I'm here'' and when he wake up he hear this ''I'm here'' and he follow this to the plains and then there is dogs coming to kill him and human try to kill with a gun,this is really intense. I don't think hunter should be that cruel. this is so sad I cried every time

Just seeing Bambi walk around the silent woods, with snow falling so delicately. Bambi only receiving silence, never hearing from his mother again.

5 Old Yeller

Sixth grade, this year- watched this in school. It was great but... I couldn't help but sob my eyes out. Along with the rest of our class.

Hi everyone! This movie made my cry so bad it was horrific I hate when my dad and my sis sees my cry I run in the bathroom and I was in the bathroom for 1 HOUR crying and waited until the movie was over I'm SO surprised that was not the first most saddest Disney movie!

Bawled my eyes out about 5-6 years of age still makes me sad now 45 years later and I haven't seen it a second time.

Possibly one of the saddest dog movies of all time, right in there with/next to Marley & Me.

6 Toy Story 3

This movie was sad because of Andy leaving and going away to college, not to mention even including Lotso as the darkest and worst and most evil villain in the Toy Story franchise.

YMS was right. This is way too overrated. Yeah, the animation is good, but it's supposed to be. It's Pixar. Its not even Pixar quality. The animation from cars is on par with this. Its also very predictable. Copying from... TOY STORY 2. Seriously, Pixar. I thought only blue sky could do that. And TOY STORY 4... I thought only Dreamworks would do that... ( Madagascar 4, anyone? ) But, some elements are well written and are nice... Except for Spanish buzz. At that point the writers gave up. 5/10 for me

After have all of my life watching the two first movies and waiting for the third one. 2010 come and with him, the third part of the franchise and, yeah... Pixar made me very emotional with the end of this one and it happens all the time that I watch this...

Such an amazing and touching movie; these characters were a part of my childhood and seeing everything change really moved me. Lessons of growing up, sticking together, and moving on. One of my favorites.

7 Dumbo

The story of an ostracized animal based on purely looks reminds me of my childhood, and I respect disney for coming up with such a powerful story.

How is Dumbo not even on the list!? A baby elephant shunned for having oversized ears, his mother locked up for protecting him, and people treating him average circus freak. I cry every time I see the mother rocking little Dumbo from her cage. And it plays that song, "Baby my," I think it's called. Gets me every time.

This is the only movie in which I cry just for seeing a clip of it online. I ball from the moment I start the movie because I just know the sadness that will happen next... This is the only disney movie that puts me in that particular sorrow. So it being #9 is extremely ridiculous and a disservice to this amazing movie.

I don't think I've ever watched Dumbo without crying. I can't even listen to Baby Mine without at least tearing up. Maybe it's just because many aspects of the movie resonate with my own childhood so strongly but it's the only movie that gets me going no matter how many times I see it.

8 Brother Bear

When I was very young this movie was one of my favorites. It never really made me cry because I couldn't quite understand it. But when I watched it again when I was 16 years old, Kenai's confession with the sad music made my heart bleed. I've never been more touched by a Disney movie before. Out of all the sad Disney scenes I've seen, this one definitely takes the cake. I can't believe that such a beautiful movie got neglected for so many years. It never managed to make its way to the future. But I still hope with all of my heart that the future will give a place again for our cute bear brothers, where their love for each other intensifies to overcome even their most sorrowful moments. Even as I get older I will never forget this beautiful movie for the rest of my life.

I've watched all the movies in the top 10 at least once in my life; most of them as a child.

However last night I decided to watch Brother Bear, as I remebered liking it as a child, and damn... I've never cried so much at any movie in my life. At the start when his eldest brother dies, I cried, then when I thought I was okay again, Kenai gets changed into a bear, and you see his Eldest Brother again, which reminded me of him in life, making me cry a bit more. Then seeing Kenai's older brother trying to kill him, a tear or two came to my eye. Finally, finding out about how Kenai was the one to kill Koda's mother... that really set me off...

and by the way, I am a 17 year old male athlete... I haven't cried at anything for years, but this just made my into a sprinkler...

Brother bear is probably the saddest Disney movie I have ever seen. It does not fail to make me tear up. When he is sitting down singing "No way out" to Koda I tear up. I can't help but cry. I don't cry in very many movies, but this one I do not fail to at least get tears in my eyes from that song. Phil Collins did an amazing job singing for that song. I think him singing with that much emotion for that moment and Kenai having to explain to a baby bear that he killed his mother is what makes it so sad.

Brother bear is full of heart wrenching moments that you will never forget. I cannot tell you how many times I have watched this movie and it will still not fail to make cry. I don't even need to watch the moment when Kenai breaks the horrific news of koda's mother death and that she's not coming back to cry. Just talking about it makes me emotional. Ultimate saddest Disney moment ever.

9 Bridge to Terabithia

I cried for an hour after first watching this movie and I have cried every time since. I kept hoping that Leslie would be alive. I mean come on! Leslie was his only friend and his family never treated him great either, so we might as well take away the only joy he has? No!

I couldn't stop my tears, holy Moses, I cried past the end of the movie. And all the symbolism is so amazing, this movie made me remember what being a child is like, and it's just so gut-wrenching, especially the confrontation with his father, I'm choking up just thinking about it.

So sad. I mean, it was the first Disney movie where a character dies and doesn't come back to life. Ever. I was just waiting through the whole movie for the girl to come back to life in some way or form and it never happened. How much more depressing can you get then a death in young love? Jesh Disney.

After I watched this movie at school, and when I came back home, I was crying inside. I was really hoping that Leslie would come back, but nope, she's didn't. That's my main reason why I didn't enjoy the last scene as much, and it was heartbreaking to see Jess cry.

10 Big Hero 6

I was moved by all the characters and this has become one of my favorite Disney movies recently. It's an emotional roller coaster! The deaths of so many people in Hiro's life, everything! I just don't know why this isn't higher on the list! I'm a teen and I was in tears more than once! Great, great movie! Hilarious but sad!

I mean, Disney was cruel enough to take away Hiro's parents before the movie began, then they took away his brother, who sacrificed himself in order to save a cold-hearted villain that didn't deserved a @*#$, then Baymax dies...
Really, if you didn't cry or got teary-eyed watching this movie you have a stone as a heart.

This film is much sadder than Frozen. You don't have to put it in the top ten but put it above Frozen! I love Frozen, don't get me wrong, but it wasn't that sad! This movie is about a boy who is trying to overcome a loved one's death, which brings me to tears!

They kill the brother right in the beginning. They also have the parents dead. They have the professor's daughter missing (almost dead). And they kill the first Baymax in the end. Poor kid had no one this is definitely the saddest by far. Also the last seen with Hiro and the first Baymax crushed my heart.

The Contenders
11 Inside Out

This is the saddest movie that disney has ever made. A lot of families have experienced some sort of situation like this and it helps the kids with their feelings and helps the parents visualize what is happening with their kids.

I've literally seen every Disney animated feature length movie. This movie is by far the saddest movie of them all. The last 15 minutes save it a little bit, but overall I almost turned it off multiple times and that never happens. Ironic that one of the few Disney movies that have both parents make it through the whole movie is the saddest movie of them all.

Considering this is a movie that can be humorous, I literally relate to some parts of it. Such as sadness and memories. Bing Bong's death had me emotional, and Riley runs away from her family. This should at least be in the top ten. It's a good movie that portrays what goes on in people's minds. A creative way to explain the brain.

It's a really great movies but packed with so many different emotions. When Bing Bing sacrifices himself so Joy can made it to HQ that's super sad. And then he just fades away. I really thought they might have gone back to HQ and tried to bring his memory back to the girl. Then when Joy tried to leave Sadness because she would've changed all the core memories I was like BETRAYAL! but overall it was great but super sad at moments

12 Finding Nemo

Put yourself in Marlin's fins (pun intended): You live in a nice neighborhood at the very edge of the Great Barrier Reef, because you love the ocean. You have like 400 children with your wife (I think), Coral. One day, what you once loved has taken all that away including Coral and your children...almost. One has survived who has been greatly deformed and is your only chance at happiness. You swear to his life, but when your guard is let down he is taken away: your happiness. Now you fight what you once loved and now hate, because it has ruined your life. How about that? Long story short: AMAZING AND VERY EMOTIONAL. Note: A barracuda ate Coral and Marlin's other children but Nemo states that he hates the ocean, but he claimed himself that he loved the view of the ocean before the barracuda. What a HECK of a review. Five Stars.

The beginning is sooo sad I cry just hearing the music...and Marlin's love for Nemo is just so strong a father won't let the ocean stop him to find his boy! This is such a great movie and its beautiful too.

Every time I watch this movie, I always cry. I watch this movie since young and even though I watch it for like a thousand times I still cry.

It's about a relatively small fish finding his only son in a vast world of ocean. How can you not be genuinely attached to it?

13 Wall-E

Wall-E is such an amazing movie because it shows love in non human things, like robots. Just an amazingly sad movie but it turns out alright.

For an emotional pixar movie such as Wall-E-- It's disappointing to see that this wouldn't get into at least near the "top five" rank on the list. Adoring the cute and memorable moments of Wall-E, it's adventuring to see him journey on through a large space shuttle-- far from earth just to finally form a bond between him and EVE. Not only the film was emotional, and contains up to great unforgettable exploit, but the humor really brings people into getting closer to as many characters as possible. But the actual reason why this movie would be able to bring tears into the beings of today, and six years ago-- was that Wall-E has literally sacrificed his old-- and trashed world-- and enter a new dramatic exploration, and finally end with humanity returning to the planet, unite with a loving companion, and restore its' one purpose of containing official life.

Obviously. It's the saddest. It's so beautiful and so romantic, it drains out my tear supply.

It's so beautiful, I cry every single time someone mentions it.

14 The Hunchback of Notre Dame

It frankly astounds me that this isn't on the list, over such items as Beauty and the Beast - but then again, I suppose it isn't one of Disney's most instantly recalled films for most people. This film has it all - it shows the callous murder of Quasimodo's mother, his near-drowning as a baby, his cruel parental figure in Judge Frollo... god, it's horrendously sad. Frollo raises him believing that due to his hunchbacked, incongrous appearance, he is worthless. He is imprisoned for pretty much all of his youth in Notredame, and dreams of being accepted by the exciting, enticing outside world. When he finally manages to sneak outside to a carnival, he is publicly humiliated by all - under the orders of his own "father"-figure, Frollo. He is painfully tied up like an animal, ridiculed, and spun around on a wheel while pelted with vegetables people throw at him. It's a crushing scene. Later, his heart is broken when the kindly Esmeralda - who is seemingly the only person in the entire ...more

I haven't seen most Disney movies - I've only seen 16, but this one was the saddest for me. I haven't seen The Lion King or Bambi (although when I saw the clip from The Lion King it made me cry), The Hunchback of Notre Dame was the saddest for me. The scene where Quasimodo hugs Esmerelda made me tear up and bawl, and the scene where Frollo passes away I felt so bad for him and cried and when I thought Quasimodo was going to die I was so sad and cried. I'm sorry if I hurt anyone

Just watched this movie today. I got misty-eyed whenever Quasimodo cried. He was judged, publicly humiliated and abused. Frollo was willing to search the whole city to find Esmeralda and kill her. He burnt down the house of an innocent miller who had a wife and daughter. I nearly cried when Quasimodo thought that Esmeralda had died.

This movie had me crying since the start! It is sad to have absolutely no one there in the world for you. And people judge Quasimodo on his looks only! Its not like he chose to be that way, he is just another one of God's masterpieces. In the end he still doesn't find love, but at least he is free in the end.

15 Bolt

When Bolt realizes Penny can't escape the burning building and curls up next to her to die with her is one of the most heartbreaking things I have ever seen in a cartoon. It makes me cry every time, because there have been real dogs that loved their owners too much to leave them, even if it meant dying

I never understood this movie as a kid, but now I do. I didn't really cry; I can't see sadness in movies most of the time, but I will agree, it is a beautiful movie

This is such a sad movie! The definit and for sure the saddest part is when Bolt sees his owner (Miley Cyrus) with a prop dog! Also, when Bolt returns with the cat and hamster!

He would rather die with her opposed to away from her, but then they were saved from the burning building!

16 Monster's Inc

When Sully said good-bye to Boo and the end were the parts when I was crying.

I felt something inside of me when Sully left boo. and when Sully saw boo again at the end ( Lets Say...I Was Dead Inside )

I cried when Sully saw boo again at the end :'(. This is my favorite disney movie, but that particular part definitely made me cry.

The end was depressing after Sully left Boo...

17 Pinocchio

I felt bad for Pinocchio as well.

18 Beauty and the Beast

I cry watching this movie! The saddest scene is when Beast let Belle go for her sake~ Awwh, I am still crying while reminiscing the scene. He is at the state of needing her the most but prioritize her at that critical moment.

I thought they bad guy dieing was how all Disney movies ended.

Not sad at all

Pretty sad for the beast...

19 Coco

This movie was not only just sad, but also even very, very, very bad indeed and crazy and mental just like saying a family bans music out of bitterness and hatred like make it seem like a privilege so as to take it away from others even though it is really for sure indeed truly a right that is naturally inherent like an inherent part of every society.

This movie will not only make you cry for the characters but also for yourself. What would happen if YOU got forgotten after YOU died?

Just watched it. I don't know but watching it makes me hope all this is true and when I die I can visit my family.

The last part with Miguel and mama Coco should be definitely the happiest scene. I literally cried out of emotion

20 The Good Dinosaur

I saw this movie the day it came out. I saw it with my mom and cousin. I cried whenever I saw the boy and the dinosaur together. My cousin was so irritated that see actually left! Ha!

When papa dies, I cried. when Arlo got swooped away by the river I cried. when spot almost dies in the river, I cried. when spot got swooped away by those flying dinosaurs, I cried. when spot leaves with his new family, I cried, and in the end I cried. I just realized how emotional I am... I'M WEAK! DON'T JUDGE ME! Jk, I know how emotional I am.

Why is this not on top of the list? Y'all this has to be one of the most underrated animated movie made. This is so heartbreaking.

I just got done watching... (SPOILER) It's so sad to see poppa die... And when spot leaves... Very Emotional.

21 Tangled

How is this not in the top 5? A girl is taken from her parents as a baby so she can be used for magical properties. She spends 18 years in a tower, never leaving it, until she meets a guy who agrees to take her to see her dream. Then she gets taken back to the tower, and when the guy (who she also falls in love with) attempts to rescue her again, he gets killed right in front of her eyes by her prisoner. It's an emotional roller-coaster, and pretty devastating if you ask me. You people are heartless for not choosing this as top 5.

This movie was very emotional all throughout, I cried so hard watching this movie.

A girl is abducted by a witch. Her dreams are shattered. She has nowhere to go. She is isolated. She was locked. My heart broke even if she asks gothel simply about her wishes. She could easily had a great life but her fortune's destroyed. People dying, people killed. Everyone crying, mourning. It is a crime thriller along with feminism and sadness. Then a thief, with an incredibly sad backstory. My heart broke into spaces. Then Gothel finds out. Why, she won't even let the girl have some peaceful moments which is vital. Soon, Gothel kidnaps her, again. Her life is so full of terror. And Flynn is carried away to be killed. He wants to be with his love. But his bitter fate won't. Rapunzel is harrased and tortured, while Flynn is in a fight for his own honor. At last, Flynn breaks free. Rapunzel thinks she is responsible for her love's death and mourns over the fact her whole life had been a lie. She is broken. But still she fights and again gets almost killed and harrassed badly and ...more

I cry every time I Flynn(Eugene)says you were my new dream and then dies! I mean come on how is this not of top 5 or at least top 10.

22 Lady and the Tramp

It breaks my heart to see the dogs at the pound all tearing up and howling that depressing song.

Sad, perfect love is overshadowed by a terrible person. Just amazing.

The song is not depressing sorry haters gonna hate.

23 The Sword in the Stone

This film has one of the saddest parts in Disney history. I felt so bad for the poor girl squirrel when Wart got transformed back into his human-like self. She loved Wart and even saved him when he was about to be eaten by the wolf. This should be at least in the top 10 because the girl squirrel was broken to pieces. It would have been a much happier scene if Merlin had have changed the girl squirrel to a human so she could be with Wart for many years to come and become his queen.

Who cares about the girl squirrel? No matter what role, in movies, I always wanna punch a squirrel in the face. I would like it more if the wolf saw the girl squirrel and chased her and ate her, but never attacked the protagonists for the rest of the movie.

I agree that scene hit me right in the feels + you can see the exact moment when her heart breaks. So sad

24 Brave

If you think about it, this movie is very devastating, Merida tries to control her own life instead of her mother controlling her life, so she ran away and had a witch put a spell on her mother to change her, but the witch turned Queen Elinor (Merida's mother) into a bear, making Elinor unwelcome at her own kingdom, for King Fergus, Merida's father, killed any bear he saw. It was sad how King Fergus (without knowing it was his wife) chases Elinor when she was a bear and nearly kills her, but after years of hating her mother, Merida steps in and starts fighting her father to save Elinor, this is true mother-daughter love. It is also sad when Merida couldn't break the curse from the witch and her mother was almost gone forever. And how the Prince that became Mor'du was so angry that he wasn't the only ruler of HIS clan that anger got the best of him, he turned into a bear because the witch gave him a spell. He ended up destroying the clan and killing his only brothers, he became lonely, ...more

It's a sad movie. It's devastating when Merida thinks her mom is gone and is just a bear. I find it mystifying that after Mor'du died his spirit turned back to a prince and then a whisp.

This is more depressing than sad.

25 Alice In Wonderland

Umm. Not sad just fantastic

I don't think it is sad

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