Top Ten Saddest Pixar Movies

The Top Ten
1 Up Up Product Image

2008-2010 is unarguably the 3 greatest years of Pixar. First they had Wall-E, which is probably Pixar's greatest achievement, getting an audience to fall in love with a robot in a movie which has almost zero dialogue. Then in 2009, they released Up, which I personally believe is Pixar's best movie to date. And then in 2010 they released Toy Story 3, which is arguably the most nostalgic and saddest movie I have ever seen. As a kid who grew up watching the gang and Andy, that scene where Andy gave away Woody is probably the closest I ever got to tears in a movie theater

I just don't have words to explain this movie! Whenever I think about this film tears just roll down my eyes. A movie full of such beautiful and sad emotions I have never seen before... I can just say guys that please go watch this film. It's a really good movie

The fact that Pixar movies are so sad towards us makes us love them so much (especially Up). I give Up an A+. Pixar has the ability of intensely emotional moments, like the five emotions. Cars 2 is literally underrated because (Bobsheaux says when) Cars 2 can be emotional.

The scene when the doctor told Ellie they won't have their baby, the moment when Ellie died, and the moment when Carl leaves behind the two sofas...Totally made my eyes watery.

2 Inside Out Inside Out Product Image

If Joy is hopelessly crying, lost in the Memory Dump, then you know that things are very bad. Even the ending is not so happy, because while Riley finally manages to accept and enjoy her new life, all her childhood memories have become permanently sad and they are very likely to never come back.

Oh my god. Where do I start? :

There are 5 emotions: Joy, Sadness, Anger, Disgust, and Fear. After Sadness touched Riley's memories, Joy and Sadness went up a tune with the core memories that form 5 islands: Goofball, Friendship, Hokey, Honest, and Family Island. With the core memories, Joy and Sadness try to get back to the emotion tower thingie, but they stop into Riley's imaginary friend, Bing Bong. So the 3 of them come together to get back to be focusing on Riley. Riley was always in a bad mood because Fear, Disgust and Anger were in charge of her emotions. Anyways, back to the three musketeers. Four islands crash (because of the other 3 in the tower thing), there was a lot of crying in it because of the memories, and then, so close, Joy tries to get back on time, but no. She fell down in the dungeon, followed by Bing Bong, where all the forgotten memories are. Joy cries because she misses all the forgotten memories Riley had. Then she had an idea. She decides to get back ...more

I don't know how the hell did up make it to the top, inside out for once addressed real problem that kids and adult have everyday,riley try to be strong for her parent so she act angry instead of facing the sadness of moving away and leaving behind her entire life, she acted out by running away, thank god that fell through, and then when she broke down in front of her parent, it reveal the ugly truth about the society today, adult are so busy with their own lives that they neglect or in riley's case, her parents demand too much of her, with dad's new job there's no time for riley to tell how she really feel and that leave the children confused, not being able to express their feeling they act out and the movie also tell the hard truth, as you grow older sadness will be the thing to be expected the most and you must have the courage to face your sadness not bottle it up or put a smiley face on it, and not let anyone deprive you from telling how you feel, that is what is missing from ...more

Inside Out is much, much sadder than Up, as the ten upsetting minutes in Up didn't beat the depressing undertone this movie has. While Up has one major sad moment, Inside Out has at least four - these being when Riley cries about moving (twice! ), when Bing Bong fades away, and when Joy turns to sadness. The music doesn't really help, either. This entire movie is just a depressing mesh, and by far the saddest movie in Pixar (and perhaps Disney) history.

3 Toy Story 3 Toy Story 3 Product Image

I feel as thought the meaning of this entire movie is growing up and moving on. Also, the meaning of true friendship. The incinerator scene gets me every time. I mean they link hands and close their eyes, accepting the fact that not only they are going to die together living their last seconds as friends but the fact that they had a fulfilled "toy" life with Andy which makes this scene even more sad and mournful. The ending scene where Andy drops off the toys with Bonnie making the wise decision to let these beloved toys live on is also a part that gets me. Especially the part where he plays with all of them one last time before leaving to college definitely will tug at your heartstrings. Even at the very end when he's driving away (Andy) and Woody says "so long partner" without crying or seeming jealous or anything like that, just accepting it is a lot to handle. This movie is very very good but is one you will need a box of tissues with you.

The whole idea of the Toy Story movies was finding friendship with each other while also being there for not only for the other toys but for Andy. These Toys were Andy's life long friends who would do anything and go to great lengths to be with him. The scene where they are in the trash burner and realize there is no way out and see that this is the end. They all grab hands for what they think is one last time and that made me ball up thinking about all the adventures and good times they went through and this was the end. If that didn't make you cry they then get saved and get back to Andy, then Andy makes a decision and sees someone that would enjoy and make more use out of his toys because he feels as if he has neglected them for too long, he gives up his life long friends. When Andy starts pulling out the toys and sees woody at the bottom of the box is the most heart breaking thing I've ever seen, it takes him a second to look at his very best friend and makes his final decision. ...more

Trying hold back tears as best as I could just by remembering the awfully sad scenes. *sniff* My heart was very heavy during the incinerator scene. After they were safe, I was just like this couldn't be anymore tearful... (spoke too soon I guess). The scene when Andy waves Bonnie (and of course, his toys) goodbye - woody waving goodbye had my heart aching for at least a week.
And the theme song just adds on to the atmosphere, especially the 'As the days go by, our friendship will never die'... NEED I SAY MORE?!

The ending of this film really is something. A perfect way to end the trilogy with two scenes that made me cry. I was even crying 20 minutes afterwards. It makes you realise how much you miss all the toys you had when you were a child and appreciate the people you have now. A genuine masterpiece.

4 Wall-E Wall-E Product Image

This is not too sad, but the romance between WALL-E and Eve is so heartwarming :')

Oh come on! Wall-e is totally sadder than toy story!

When Wall-E dies, I bawled my eyes out like cry-baby.

One of the only films that has made me cry :')

5 Finding Nemo Finding Nemo Product Image

I have no words to express the beauty of this film. It's heartbreaking and amazing, and I bawled almost the whole time. Of course, I found Up to be much more sad, but I felt that Finding Nemo deserved a little more credit. The lines about how "Daddy's got you, it's okay"...and the goodbye at the end, all combined with the brilliant score from Thomas's just fantastic.

Finding Nemo is a really beautiful movie. I love see to Nemo and his father finding him and making everything for find her son.

To answer your question, Monsters Inc. is more sad because it's not what happens but how it happens. Still an amazing and poignant movie.

How is Monsters, Inc. sadder than Finding Nemo? Um, I don't remember a mother and her 399 children DYING in Monsters, Inc...

6 Monsters, Inc. Monsters, Inc. Product Image

It was an emotional ending and also the fact that Boo had to learn a life lesson at her young age that sometimes "Bye" means forever through example was a tearjerker.

What's Monsters Inc doing below the Good Dinosaur?! The ending is really touching and just reminds ous of the time that we had to say goodbye to someone who means so much to us.

Sully has to leave Boo and Boo thinks right after he leaves he will be right outside her door

Up is sad, but it never made me cry. Monsters Inc's ending made it the best Pixars ever made.

7 Coco Coco Product Image

Not necessarily depressing, but Miguel's feeling trapped and unable to pursue his dreams, Hector's motives for getting his photo put back, and the idea of being forgotten had me pretty much tearing up. This movie is full of emotion. 20/10, would feels again

I actually cried a little bit in the theater watching this movie during Hector's backstory and when he was about to be forgotten and Miguel was trying to make Coco remember him. Really amazing movie!

I tried so hard not to cry. If my dad wasn't with me, I would of balled my eyes out. Probably one of the first movies in a while to make me cry hard.

I can tell you that when I first watched this movie I cried for over an hour, probably even more.

8 The Good Dinosaur The Good Dinosaur Product Image

Sad, but totally inaccurate, it's a very emotional movie, but it's so unrealistic, too fiction, the comet misses Earth when it should HIT! That's the first thing that led to the extinction, if this movie were real, then we would still have dinosaurs today, lots of fiction movies have realism, but this one doesn't.

This movie is underrated, I really like it, it's not my favorite Pixar movie but it was great. The ending and the part where Arlo's dad dies. Truly sad.

This one is so sad at the end. When they have to leave each other. Really good story though.

This is the first movie to EVER make me cry! For me, this should be #1.

9 Toy Story 2 Toy Story 2 Product Image

When She Loved Me is as good a reason as Married Life from Up to be "up" in the top spots.

Jessie's backstory accompanied with "When She Loved Me" made for a very melancholy part in the movie

Jessie's memory is so sad the song breaks my heart :-(

Overall this movie really isn't that sad except for arguably one of the saddest scenes in cinema history-Emily abandoning Jessie

10 Toy Story 4

This is the saddest Pixar movie so far in my opinion. I was born basically the same time Toy Story came out. I've grown up knowing these characters my whole life, I felt like I could relate to Andy, especially going to college, that's why Toy Story 3 was the saddest to me for the longest time before Toy Story 4 came out. The reason why this is the saddest to me is because even though Andy had left, still Woody and Buzz were still together. They were there for each other from the beginning, through the thick and thin, and through my whole life. To see them go on their separate ways, knowing they'd probably never see each other again just killed me man. Knowing that Woody and Buzz are going on their separate ways now, and knowing that this is probably the last Toy Story movie that will be made, I felt like the last lingering part of my childhood has faded away with them. 20+ years (my whole life) in the making leading up to this very ending, I don't see how this could ever be beat for ...more

Guys, please go see this movie, and you'll understand

It's not even out yet.

I won’t mention any spoilers but I related more to woody and I cried through out the film.

The Contenders
11 Brave Brave Product Image

Brave made me cry! Especially when her mom was about to become a bear for eternity! :'(

This is the only Pixar movie I haven't seen, I'm gonna rent it soon.

I felt this movie on a spiritual level. It was so sad.

What made me cry is this deceitful awful movie in Pixar garmets

12 Monsters University Monsters University Product Image

I saw this in the cinema 3 times and cried every single time.

It's kind of sad, Toy Story 2 is more sad than this, though.

I love this film but how is it sad?

13 Cars Cars Product Image

I don't understand why people don't think this film is sad - Doc's story was one of the most upsetting moments in Pixar film history.

It's sad in some scenes. I don't understand why some say it isn't a sad film.

I love this movie but can someone please tell me how this is sad?

The story of radiator springs is so sad it made me cry

14 Big Hero 6 Big Hero 6 Product Image

This is not a Pixar movie. It may be in CGI, but Disney's main animation studio has been animating in CGI since the mid-2000s. It's still pretty sad, though.

I believe that it is a Pixar movie because Disney bought Pixar.Also this is one of the most moving stories if you really pay attention because so much happened to Hrio

Look it up! It is made by Disney-Pixar! It's also a really sweet movie, and it was one of their best!

Move this higher, PLEASE! This movie had not one, but TWO sad deaths (though one is resolved).

15 Finding Dory Finding Dory Product Image

(This movie reminds me of myself, which doubles for the sadness for me). Her parents try to act all encouraging to Dory because they don't want her to think she's a mistake because of her disorder(?) but they're still scared for her. They think she can't go out on her own. And at the part where Dory thinks they're dead, it's just depressing. She's scared and confused until she can't remember why. When she finds them, though, pure tears of joy.

Poor dory, she got separated from her parents!

It's a happy movie but it made me cry

I was crying beacause of how bad this movie is

16 Toy Story Toy Story Product Image

Toy Story is actually sad, When woody admits and specially when buzz finds out he's just a toy. Absolute drama

Nothing about was sad, except when Buzz finds out he wasn't an actual space ranger. Still isn't that sad, though.

The I will go sailing no more scene was pretty sad

How is it not sad?

17 What's Up: Balloon to the Rescue! What's Up: Balloon to the Rescue! Product Image

The fact that this movie exists in the first place is sad

The only thing sad about this movie is that it exists

This movie is sad because of its existence.

Surprised a rip off even showed on this list

18 Cars 3 Cars 3 Product Image

The trailers make me cry!

Sad in some scenes

I cried two weeks straight when lightning McSexyQueen crashed! 😭😭😭😭

19 The Incredibles The Incredibles Product Image

This isn't really a sad movie, but its an EXTREMELY DARK one. The first time I watched this when I saw the scene where Bob realizes that syndrome had been systematically killing off supers I was too young to really understand what it meant. Syndrome literally committed Genocide

This one was only touching, not really sad... It showed family love and I thought that it was a very unique and sweet movie, but not that sad.

It's not really sad though, but it was amazing. Makes me wonder till now, when is the 2nd one? Will pixar make it?

It's sad because we have to wait so long for the sequel

20 Ratatouille Ratatouille Product Image

How is this animal is cooking

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22 A Bug's Life A Bug's Life Product Image

I wish we could see Flik apologize to Atta and the Queen for lying to them about the Circus Bugs being warriors.

Made Me Sad When Flik Was Forced To Leave And Never Come Back.

23 Onward Onward Product Image

The sorry of brotherhood, father son relationships, too emotional and heartfelt an over all made me cry so much that I wanted sob louder πŸ’”, but amazing movie

24 Rio Rio Product Image

This is by Blue Sky Studios and not Pixar.

For one, Rio wasn't really sad. Second, RIO IS BLUE SKY STUDIOS NOT PIXAR AAA! AWWHOOO! AAWWHHHO!

25 Incredibles 2

I guess this is the least sad Pixar movie

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