Saddest Disney and Pixar Animated Movies


The Top Ten

1 Up

The first 10 minutes had everyone in the theater bawling, adults as well as children. Such a sweet film. It's also comedic it had us laughing one minute and crying the next. I recently watched it for about the 100th time, and I still cried at least 5 times. It's also quite a relatable film as it involves love, loss, friendship, etc.. It's so powerful and just an overall fantastic story which I'm sure everybody, young or old, would enjoy. I can't recommend it enough!

The first 10 - 15 minutes is the greatest thing that Pixar has ever written, so perfectly made - kempokid

The balloons and Ellie WHY ELLIE

This movie gave me so much emotion in the first 10 minutes! It is a very sweet and sad movie. - doctorman

2 Inside Out

This movie makes me cry during the time when Joy and Bing Bong fall into the pit where Riley forgets memories and stuff. It made me cry when Joy cried. I mean, it's the EMOTION joy. The emotion who brings us happiness and she cried. And when Bing Bong sacrificed himself and told Joy to take Riley to the moon as he was soon forgotten. It also saddened me at the ending.

I think by far its one of the best animated movies I have seen. Its very touching too.

The great thing about this movie is that it isn't perfect. How would you like it if Joy had never fallen into the pit with Bing Bong and Bing Bong was never forgotten and they all made it back to headquarters and the moral of the story was, "Quit wining and hot glue a smile onto your face." But instead, (Spoiler alert) Joy falls into the pit, we get a beautiful scene where Bing Bong sacrifices himself so that Joy and Sadness can save the trainwreck that is at this point Riley, which they do and even though everything doesn't end perfectly, at least there's progress being made, and the moral is, "You can't live without sadness and that emotions never die."

This movie makes me cry every time I hear it's theme song, watch a trailer about it, or whenever I watch the movie! This is by far Pixar's best movie yet! I'm not going to spoil it, though! It is the saddest movie I've ever seen! - doctorman

The five tearjerker moments:

#1: Riley crying in front of her class - I felt really bad that I cried on the inside.

#2: Joy failing to go up through the tube - I felt really bad and shocked.

#3: Joy crying while in the Memory Dump - I just about (JUST ABOUT) teared up for this one.

#4: Bing Bong fading away - I cried very badly. (*sniff*)

#5: Riley tearful brooding to her parents about Minnesota - I cried the hardest because I CAN COMPLETELY RELATE TO IT! T_T (I just wish I could go back to where I've grown up my entire life entirely as both a kid and teenager...

The movie seemed to have gotten sadder and sadder as it went on... - TylertheTitan

3 Bambi

I hope hunters take this lesson seriously: Stop killing animals for no reason! They don't deserve it, and Bambi's story is definitely not fake. It's happening to millions of animals worldwide, and we have to stop it! Imagine if someone shot your mother or father! How would you feel? Why would hunters do that? I remember walking into Dick's and seeing all the hunting things and CRYING! I never cry! I hate it! Please make the torture stop, hunters!

Not pixar

The guy who shot Bambi's character is the worst Disney character of all time


4 Big Hero 6

! SPOILER! it isn't always shown, but as a student majoring psychology, I can tell the grief and emotional dynamic that happens to the main character due to what he loss

I really think this is an emotional movie. I cry every time I watch it! - Lina1028

Very emotional. It's the best Disney movie and emotional

Big Hero 6 reminds me of this other movie, Frank And Robot

5 Toy Story 3

If you grew up watching the Toy Story movies as I did this one pulls at your heart strings. If your like me you feel like you grew up with Andy's toys as well and so there's that emotional connection you share with the characters. Not the saddest Disney movie but definitely top 5.

It's certainly the most unpredictable Disney movie, even the part where Lotso turns evil is almost impossible to predict unless you've watched the movie before or read this review.

The ending made me cry

Cried at the ending and when they accepted there death and held hands

6 Brave

WOW! This movie was like! The Mother and Daughter relationship is very well shown! I thought this movie would be like AVERAGE but when I watched this movie for the first time it had BLOWN my mind like anything! The last scene when Merida's mother turns to normal was even more EMOTIONAL! I literally cried that time! One of the best movies from Pixar! - Victoryboy

The end makes you very sad, and also it's very touching! Lovely movie!

I cry at this movie every time. Even if I am not a daughter I still love the Mother - Daughter relationship. The ending is so sad.

This movie is beautiful and heartbreaking an needs to be higher. - punyraisin

7 The Hunchback of Notre Dame

I hate this movie. so boring, and not sad!

Such a heartbreaking movie!

I hate this movie

The world is cruel the worl is wicked. - misfortuneluck

8 The Fox and the Hound


This should be #1. Watch it and if you don't cry or even get sad, there's something wrong with you.

Upsetting. Why do these less sadder movies top this?

I cried in the end, seeing them apart is sad, needs a better sequel!

9 The Lion King

I think The Lion King is the saddest Disney movie because Simba's Daddy died. By his own brother, that's just sad and they talked about it nearly talked about it for nearly all of the second part, but by the way, The Lion King is the best Disney movie ever!

Don't give me death threats for this or something but I love this movie but it's super overrated. I find it extremely sad and bawl my eyes out every time. - punyraisin

When Mufasa died, I was weeping uncontrollably, I have to admit.

This was supper sad when his dad dies this should be at least in the top five

10 Monsters, Inc.

For me, the saddest part was when Randall was banished. - Camaro6

The ending, then a soft sob

I cry every time Boo goes home


The Contenders

11 Wall-E

This is the best movie of all it just proves that even the kind ones can get left behind and that all of the robots who were classed as broken were the best ones of them all

I cry every time

12 Toy Story 2

The Jessie & Emily moments! - sryanbruen

13 The Good Dinosaur

I found this movie disappointing. It wasn't the lack of realism, it was just... Not what I expected. A sad movie doesn't make a movie necessarily bad, like how parents were complaining about how "Inside Out" was too sad. Too SAD?! Uh-uh, you can't expose your children to sadness? Anyway, this movie was a bit more frightening than sad, but still eye-watering all the same. - Emberflight_of_StormClan

It was emotional, but not realistic, and the lack of realism is why this movie is the worst movie ever made by Pixar, it sucks and if they added realism into this movie, then the comet would hit the Earth and the dinosaurs would be extinct, no lie, Lots of fictional movies have lots of realism, and this had none, what a waste of money.

The realism isn't what makes this movie bad, it's its convoluted plot and shallow characters. Pixar lacks realism in almost all of their movies! A world of monsters that scare children for energy, toys coming to life, 5 emotions and millions of brain workers living in everyone's head, Earth but only cars exist and live... how are cars even born and who created the first cars? Anyways those movies are still fantastic (or at least good, in terms of Cars) and they lack a lot (or even any) realism at all. Lacking realism makes the film more interesting! - punyraisin

An extremely disappointing movie, and it's emotional scenes didn't carry through for me. Except there is a scene near the end in which the movie ripped my heart out and stomped on it. - punyraisin

I love The Good Dinosaur it was very touching and moving. Thunderclap is my favorite I wish there where more scenes of him and his flock.

14 Dumbo

WHY ANIMAL CRUELTY WHY! okay number one its not ethical to whip a innocent animal number two why are you separating dem

The seen where Dumbo's mother is rocking him in her trunk and dumbo starts to cry makes me feel so sad. I feel so sorry for dumbo - Froglamb

Saddest Disney movie along with The Lion King, Up, Toy Story 3, Bambi, etc. - PeeledBanana

Baby Mine still makes me sob to this day. - Mugi

15 Coco


GOD! How is this not in the top 3? I almost cried! - KalloFox34

At the end when migil (sorry if I spelled that wrong) sang remember me to coco so she would remember hector and then she starting singing along with him! And she pretty much didn't talk the whole movie that part and the part when hector was singing to coco those two parts just got me I started crying it pretty sad

This movie is my FAVOURITE Pixar movie. It had its sad moments.. - Swampert02

16 Wreck-It Ralph

Why in the HELL is Brave higher than this?!

The scene were Ralph has to destroy the car that he and Vanellope made together is completely heartbreaking for me. He is crushing her dreams (both literally and figuratively), because he wants to protect her, and this was the one thing that he had ever made instead of wrecking.

"You really are a bad guy! " This dialogue is enough to make us cry! It's like HEARTBREAKING for Ralph as well as for us! - Victoryboy

Oh come on, he was literally going to kill himself to save the arcade and this movie is only 14th? - DragonHarrier

17 Frozen

The Sad Thing Is This Brainwashing Cash Grab Exists

This isn't that sad. It's a bit emotional, but not sad.

Its one of the most dramatic movies I ever saw but it's not very sad

I cry every time I watch it, very heartbreaking

18 Finding Dory

My sister cry though re whole movie beginning to end.

At times it could be sad, and it did it well! Rate this 10/10 and is sad when it needs to be.

This one was a tear jerker, I won't spoiler it but my dad cried when my mom was DESCRIBING it

Honestly This almost made me cry first time watching it

19 Zootopia

This is offensive to Nick because he just got bullied by those scouts. That was cruel.

This movie defiantly had its sad moments. For example, when Nick was revealed to be a victim of prejudice as a young child was a very sad moment. Also, Judy's heartfelt apology to Nick was sad as well. Inside Out seemed a bit more depressing.

Like real animals everywhere, Nick had to deal with prejudice. Sure, it's fictional, but people kill animals because they think they're harmful or because they did something that wasn't their fault. This isn't exactly the lesson, but I hope someone thought of this once.

Don't hurt my precious baby con artist fox! Nick is one of my favorite animated characters ever, second only to Dimitri from Anastasia and the Star Wars cartoon people who don't count

20 The Rescuers
21 Finding Nemo

How is this not higher

Extremely heartbreaking


So sad

22 Brother Bear

This movie is a whole entire emotional rollercoaster and I cried.

Definitely should be higher on the list! The story behind Koda is what seals the deal!

This is one of my favorite movies of all time because I love how the hole movie is talking about👏🏼

23 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Not sad at all to be honest - punyraisin

Where's lilo and stich

Snow White dies?

It's so sad that Snow White dies! I have cried off this

24 How to Train Your Dragon 2

Every time I Watch it I cry

So sad

When toothless was hypnotized and tried to attack Hiccup and his father saved him and died, I was crying so hard.

Idiots trolling this with Dreamworks on purpose - doctorman

25 Disney's A Christmas Carol

Really good movie!

This movie is a mix of sad and scary! How isn't in the top 5 or top 3

It's scary

26 The Iron Giant

This isn't a Disney movie

Not exactly a new approach for Disney seeing as to how it's not... y'know... made by Disney...

That movie was heartwarming but still it made me cry

Um... this was not made by Disney.

27 Toy Story 4

This is so sad alexa play despacito

It's apparently so sad that people who haven't even seen it have already started crying...

So sad it doesn't even exist. Now that's some talented film-making! - punyraisin

You know it's coming to theaters soon right

28 Meet the Robinsons

I can cry at the ending

I can't not cry at the ending.

29 The Princess and the Frog

Not even joking, when Ray died, I've never been so emotional in a short period of time. - mstein96

"I am going to Evangeline." SO SAD! 😭

30 Cars 2

Sad that Pixar made it, I respect your opinion if you enjoy this Pixar flick

This isn’t even sad. The only thing that’s sad is that Pixar made this.

31 Tangled
32 Cinderella
33 Sleeping Beauty
34 Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron

Best movie ever

This movie's parts, songs and scenes make me cry every time and I've watched it more than 5 times! surprised it wasn't on the list before

35 Tarzan

It's sad when the gorilla die's.

36 Monsters University

It was very sad when Mike had to lose his family forever.

I find this sad cause for one thing I feel sorry for Mike. I mean he has such a tough time. :c


37 Turbo

I wasn't aware that Disney bought Dreamworks

Again, not Disney nor Pixar - Sassy13crown

Coming next turbo on Disney Channel movie

38 Home

I was not aware Disney had bought Dreamworks...

Disney Did Not Buy Dreamworks
But Home Did Make Tear Up

39 Lilo & Stitch

Really 35 people this movie was so sad

Very sad - doctorman


40 Minions

I heard that Minions made my family cry when they saw. They though it was that terrible. And the saddest thing is that somebody thought it was a Disney movie.

Made me cry that it was such a disappointment also I didn't know that Illumination was a Disney Company huh... My life is a lie now... Thanks a lot whoever destroyed this list

Oops sorry about my vote I mean that the minions was not made by Disney

Not Disney! Not Pixar!

41 Muppets Most Wanted

This isn't technically animated...

Not sad nor animated

42 Mr. Peabody & Sherman

Dude how many times do we have to tel you it's not Disney

I'm crying so hard at how annoying the troll is who added these to the list

Not every children's movie is made by Disney. I trust you know that.

It's not Disney

1 Comment
43 A Bug's Life
44 Cars

I'm only crying because of nostalgia

This movie isn't very sad. It gets a little emotional but overall I never get teary during this film

This movie made me cry about radiator springs story

If you don't like it then you should of put a lid on it

45 Home On The Range

It’s sad that this trash exists

46 The Emperor's New Groove

I don't think that this is too sad, but at least it is Disney! (glares at the people who put a bunch of Dreamworks movies, as well as the Iron Giant and Minions)

What how is this sad

Not sad

47 Chicken Little

This movie made me cry so hard. I had the hardest time not crying when I found out how awful this movie is.

48 Tinker Bell and the Legend of the Neverbeast

I cried so hard at the end and just when anything happened to the beast!

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