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

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.

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.

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.

I am happy that Mufasa died. He was a bully who forced a species to starve for no reason, and used his own majordomo as a target for his son's pouncing lessons.

I've heard that excuse so many times, I can't believe I'm gonna have to explain this again... he didn't ban the hyenas, they were already banned before his time as king, and the hyenas will kill the lion cubs. And if you were a male lion, I don't think you would be happy with a ton of hyenas in your territory...

2 "Goodbye May Seem Forever" - The Fox and the Hound 1981

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 2009

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.

She helped Carl come out of his shell. She was a perfect parallel to his quiet reserved personality, and they were just so cute as a couple. The scene is great because you see their whole lives, the ups and downs, and it makes it all the more sadder when the girl who Carl loved is taken from him

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.

This is my saddest because when someones wife dies it's just heartbreaking.

4 "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...

5 Bambi's Mom's death - Bambi 1942

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?

6 "You're a sensation!" - Dumbo 1941

Okay okay. This scene is VERY forgotten. But makes me cry a lot. In my opinion, it's sadder then "Baby Mine" but I wish I could include it on this list. Okay, but this scene is when Dumbo ends up being a clown. But after his first performance, people already love him! But Dumbo is still not happy. So right now the clowns are celebrating Dumbo, and Dumbo is outside with Timothy Mouse chatting. Timothy says, "Look! They love ya so much, they're celebrating you pal!"And Dumbo is just sitting there so lonely and sad. And he's sniffling and crying. Then Timothy says, "Oh buddy don't be like that! You're a sensation!" And Dumbo still sits there sad and lonely. Makes me feel bad for him every time. So that's my opinion for the #1 most saddest Disney moment.

Very teary scene

I'm watching hentai rn

7 Snow White's funeral on a rainy day - Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 1937

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...

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.

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

This is sob sad I cried so much and it started it was the first time I cried to any movie in the world

8 Jessie's back story - Toy Story 2 1999

Walker Burroughs sang this song on American Idol 2019! But I didn't cry when he sang it.

Heartbreaking sad moment and song

Saddest moment hands down

When she loved me...

9 The opening scene - Finding Nemo 2003

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.

10 The Pound - Lady and the Tramp 1955

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

This scene makes it feels like its one of those sad animal care commercials that make you wanna stab yourself.

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

The Contenders
11 The Beast Dies - Beauty and the Beast 1991

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

12 Pinocchio's death - Pinocchio 1940

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.

13 Old Yeller gets killed - Ol' Yeller

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. :'(

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

Imagine having to shoot your own dog

This scene was just sad

14 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.

15 Bing Bong Dies - Inside Out

Such a touching moment, and it actually could inspire Pixar to make a movie centered around the idea of imaginary friends with the movie being centered on the friendship and bond between an imaginary friend and his kid and the whole conflict would be about the kid not wanting to grow up after finding out that once they get older their imaginary friend would have to leave and face the possibility of forgetting all about them.

"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.

16 "Destruction of the Grotto" - The Little Mermaid 1989
17 "Once Upon a Time in New York City" - Oliver & Company 1988
18 Woody says goodbye to Andy - Toy Story 3

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

I cry literally every time

So long partner.

This is more relatable than fairies, jungle dynasties and beastly fantasies... why the heck is it so down in the list...?

19 Esmerelda almost dies - The Hunchback of Notre Dame 1996

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!

20 Dumbo's mother taken away - Dumbo

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

21 Tadashi dies - Big Hero 6

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.

ENOUGH WITH THE FLORA DISNEY RUMOR! Walt himself was LONG dead before Disney bought Marvel, let alone made this film, so why would his own survivor's guilt matter? Tadashi died in this movie because he died in the original BH6 comics. That's all there is to it.

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 can relate to this too! My grandfather died from old age complications. The funeral really hit me hard, and it wasn't even the first funeral I went to.

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...

22 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.

23 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.

24 Anna loses her memory - Frozen

That is heartbreaking part is made my heart hurts that what happened your brother or sister if they not around you.

25 "She's the one who wants to be a house dog, not me!" - Lady and the Tramp 2
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