Top Ten Saddest Disney Movies


The Top Ten

1 Up

Definitely the saddest animated Disney film there is. Details losing a child, losing a wife, losing a life, making an epic journey for the one you loved that you never got to do while they were alive -- so emotional. A Beautiful movie. - E115EnRaged935

I have never seen so much emotion conveyed in two minutes as I did in this movie. It's amazing that Pixar has the ability to do so in their movies. This is what makes this movie so good. Not only is it sad, but it's realistically sad. People can actually relate to this.

This made me and my family cry. He lost a child, a wife, A... Oh god, I can't go on, I'm going to cry.

Very sad, but there was such a funny story later on in the movie.

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2 The Fox and the Hound

This one was a real sucker punch right in the feels, because they know that they can't be friends, you know it too, and even though they still regard each other as friends, they can never have any friendly interactions ever again. If you are looking for a great story that will leave you with a sense of realism, and you have not seen this film, then I could not possibly recommend it 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.

It is the Disney film with the most realistic plot and no happy ending. It's the story of two best friends not realizing that they will never be able to grow old together. This is my favorite Disney film, and I've seem lots of them.

I can't even watch it again. So heartbreaking to see how childhood innocence can't last.

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3 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

Its not that it was sad, it was the Simba feeling lost without his father. He thought his death was his fault- so he left everything behind not looking back. There's so much meaning in this movie, one of the best Disney films.

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

I cried so many tears when mufasa died!

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4 Bambi

Why wouldn't it be sad? A deer lost his mother by hunters. - connor720

This film reminds me of my childhood and the tears I shed at that time - Aafeen

I always cry when I see this classic of a movie!

It's makes me cry

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5 Old Yeller

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!

Possibly one of the saddest dog movies of all time, right in there with/next to Marley & Me. - E115EnRaged935

Years ago at my school, my teacher showed us this movie, but when the shooting part came, the teacher turned it off, and started crying because it reminds her of her dog when he died. So sad. :( - cartoonfan64

The saddest ending. Lion king at least had a positive ending.

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6 Toy Story 3

I teared up during the ending when all the toys held hands and excepted their death. Also when andy gives away woody

Hands Down One of the Best Movies I've ever seen!

& certainly For a Kid who grew up through Toy story This movie was extremely Sad! - Curti2594

Bawled my eyes out when the toys held hands at the end accepting their death and when Andy finally plays with them. Then when Andy leaves and waves goodbye and woody waves back :'( could not stop crying :'(

! when the ending comes I started crying until the next day... I love this movie

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7 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 made the mistake of watching this when I was, like, seven. I was staring at the blank screen for nearly five minutes afterwards, my mouth open. Then I read the book several years later and was depressed all over again.

I cried when jess found out leslie's death I felt bad for him, he is already starting to feel a relationship. And I hope if the made a 2nd one they should bring back leslie as queen of Terabithia and Jess as king of Terabithia and May belle as princess of Terabithia

This is the fist Disney movie that make me cry the most

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8 Dumbo

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.

Agreed. I don't know if many people have seen Dumbo. But when the mother elephant is locked up rocking her baby elephant with her trunk because she can't reach him, oh my god, sadder than Lion King and Pocahontas.

Seriously, Dumbo is the saddest movie ever. When the mother is locked up and rocks Dumbo, your eyes explode. I can't believe people think Toy Story 3 is sadder than Dumbo.

They whip the mob and use slaves to put up tents

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9 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!

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! - AnnaOfArendelle332

Its sad but at least its not sad that it exists like "why is the red man red" from peter pan!

It was sad how when the big brother (forgot his name sorry I'm bad with remembering names) died it was sad enough, but then Baymax died too. ;( - Lunala

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10 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 ...more

He gets food thrown at him, gets called an ugly freak constantly, and gets friend zoned by his true love... It's heartbreaking

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.

This is sad because he is made to stay up in a bell tower all his life even though all he wants to is be a normal person and at the beginning his mother was murdered and he was almost killed because he did not look normal and was ugly

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The Contenders

11 Brother Bear

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.

One of the saddest movies of ever seen in my life... I can't believe this has made the top 10, fair enough the soundtrack was what made this movie quotes sad but it still If you follow the storyline it still hit you in the old ticker

The poor little cub lost his mother. That part gets me every time. :( Then the guy who hates bears gets turned into a bear and learns a lesson. Sad but has a good, deep message. - Lunala

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12 Beauty and the Beast

Not sad at all

Pretty sad for the beast...

Oh no the bad guy died

Not sad but for the castle staff being antiques

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13 Wall-E

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.

"If they went with the alternate ending this would be way up there, where Wall-E doesn't comeback and just stays as an emotionless bot ;, (

16 year old guy, first film that generally made me cry

Obviously. It's the saddest. It's so beautiful and so romantic, it drains out my tear supply. - redhawk766

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14 Monster's Inc

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

So sad when sully started to cry over boo because he had to leave her to a safer place

Barely sad at all

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

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15 Inside Out

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.

This should be number one. It's so sad when you see it.

Oh gosh the pixar emotions strike again but now there on the big screen being emotions! :/

I cried at the part that bing bong dissapears
its was so sad

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16 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.

All of his brothers and sisters die except for him, and he is deformed. Not to mention his dad is a single parent

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?

I used to be scared of the part where the barracuda fish kills all the eggs and Marlin's wife. - Lunala

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17 Frozen

I'm a 20-year-old male and I'll proudly admit that this is the first movie that ever made me shed tears. I just felt so bad for Elsa. Throughout my first year of college, I had no friends and basically stayed shut up in my dorm room for most the day. I know what isolation feels like. It's so much worse than I ever would have imagined. I think that's why Elsa's story made me so sad. I felt her pain as I watched. And then the whole deal with the ice powers she can't control. And then when she finally decides to let them go, this poor girl finds out that she buried the city in snow. I just can't imagine.

This "sad" movie made me laugh all the way to the end because people loved it. - LaST_LiGHT

I LOVE this movie so so much! Elsa is a character that I truly admire, I feel myself who is someone who has suffered with depression and anxiety, I can totally relate to her feelings of being shut out, isolation and fear. It gives me a sense of strength when I watch it. And it is also the first Disney movie to empower girls and show them that they don't need a man to save them! As a 20 year old who has these feelings I find it an amazing movie that everyone will enjoy, that is sad in the beginning but has a hopeful ending.

I dislike the parents who should have known better then to lock their child Elsa like that. Thanks to them Elsa was locked up which is devastating even for a 19 year old Male like me. They are complete opposite of Rapunzel's parents who wanted to find her and let her grow normally without making her feel bad because of her difference from others. Parents like Elsa's should not be allowed to have children. Who agrees?

One of the best movie I've ever seen in my life.

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18 Pinocchio

This wins for the most villains

I felt bad for Pinocchio as well.

19 Tangled

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

I still cryfrom the middle to the end of them movie :')

Poor thing I don't like it when flin was dead

20 Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch

This movie made me more emotional than a majority of the ones on this list. After the firs movie, you've built this connection to the characters, and all of a sudden they get torn apart once again. I still cry over it.

Lilo and stitch 2 is one of these movies that not much people have seen but is a sequel that is still brilliant. That being said, the film contains a very specific part which is guaranteed to make any person with a heart cry. From the first movie, a love is created for lilo and stitch where the thought of anything happen to them makes you sad.
"You will always be my Ohana, stitch"- It will break you heart.

I still cry when stitch is in the machine and his hand droops down. I'm 19 by the way

When She thinks stitch is dead

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