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

I watched it a lot I loved since the first time I did and its sad watching this every time heres what it is a son of the lion king is born and everyone is happy then scar comes and everyone is running then he knocks off mufasa and he dies in the stampede and little simba has to be there alone - simpsondude

This scene is truly sad. The reason it's not number one? Well I've seen it too many times. But it still breaks my heart every time. - WaltDisneytoptens1937

So sad. Real tear-jerker every time. Who could help but feel sorry when that cute little cub is crying, all sad and lonely. I'm starting to cry right now.

I felt bad for Simba when Mufasa died, but I didn't cry. Am I the only one who didn't cry? - PBSDoink2002

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

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! - WaltDisneytoptens1937

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.


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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 - Jackamalio

This was a real tearjerker. It was so sad when Ellie died!

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...

That darn waltz!

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4 Bambi's Mom's death - Bambi 1942

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?

This scene was truly sad, I mean what kind of sick psychotic jerk kills a doe that has a newborn baby fawn. - PeeledBanana

Ok... I'll admit... I cried.

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

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. - WaltDisneytoptens1937

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

6 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. - egnomac

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.

7 The Pound - Lady and the Tramp 1955

This scene makes it feels like its one of those sad animal care commercials that make you wanna stab yourself. - WaltDisneytoptens1937

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.

Stop dog catchers they are CRUEL HEARTLESS people IN REALITY

Bruh, do you have no heart?

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

Okay okay. This scene is VERY forgotten. But makes me cry a lot. In my opinion, its 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, there 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! Your 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. - WaltDisneytoptens1937

Very teary scene

9 Pinocchio's death - Pinocchio 1940

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. - WaltDisneytoptens1937

He survived and became at real boy so yay!

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.

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."

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10 "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

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. - egnomac

This scene makes me cry every time I watch it. - egnomac

So sad though,

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The Contenders

11 Jessie's back story - Toy Story 2 1999

Heartbreaking sad moment and song

When she loved me...

When she loved me...

12 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! - WaltDisneytoptens1937

13 Dory's backstory - Finding Dory
14 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. - egnomac

That scene is truly heartbreaking. When he says"Go save Riley" and "Take her to the moon for me" is very very very emotional. I cry every time

This is the saddest damn moment of any movie ever.

"Take her to the moon for me" - thereadingthief

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15 Dumbo's mother taken away - Dumbo

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

16 Leslie Dies - Bridge to Terabithia

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

This movie makes me cry every time I watch it.

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

17 "I see nothing." - Mulan 1998

In this scene, Mulan is talking about how she just wanted to prove herself worthy and be the girl she wanted to be. But then she looks at her helmet and says, "But I was wrong, I SEE NOTHING." Then throws the helmet on the ground. - WaltDisneytoptens1937

I actually agree with this. Mulan is my ULTIMATE FAVORITE
And I feel bad for her in this scene

This is actually really sad - thereadingthief

18 Tadashi dies - Big Hero 6

This is pretty sad because Tadashi is one of my favorites the other being Wasabi

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! ".

So sad

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19 Anna loses her memory - Frozen

I don't think she and Elsa are worthy to be sisters in canon at all.

20 The Beast Dies - Beauty and the Beast 1991

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

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Top Remixes (6)

1. The death of the King of Pride Rock - The Lion King 1994
2. "Baby Mine" - Dumbo 1941
3. The Beast Dies - Beauty and the Beast 1991
1. The death of the King of Pride Rock - The Lion King 1994
2. Bambi's Mom's death - Bambi 1942
3. Dory's backstory - Finding Dory
1. "You're a sensation!" - Dumbo 1941
2. "Goodbye May Seem Forever" - The Fox and the Hound 1981
3. Pinocchio's death - Pinocchio 1940

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