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Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most  

Tucker DeSaulnier
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The best animated movies can be just as emotional as even the most moving live action tearjerker. Admit it, there are animated movies that make you cry. Go ahead. It's okay to acknowledge that some silly cartoon brought you to tears. We've all cried ourselves silly while watching movies about sentient toys and anthropomorphized animals.

It's easy to dismiss animation as kid's stuff, but who among us didn't make with the waterworks when Simba found Mufasa in that gorge or when some cold-hearted hunter shot Bambi's mom? Who could help but sob like a child with a skinned knee during the first ten minutes of Up? Or the last 10 minutes of Toy Story 3, for that matter? And that's only scratching the surface of Disney animated movies, let alone all the other animated films that contain emotional gut-punches. You're going to tell me you don't get choked up watching An American Tail? Really?

Scroll through this list of animated films that make audiences cry like clockwork and remember all the tears you've shed to cartoons, whether you cried a single sexy teardrop over an iron giant or spasmodically sobbed on account of a dinosaur's demise.

Vote up the cartoon tearjerkers that moved you the most and made you cry the hardest. And feel free to add any devastating animated movies that we may have missed. Then grab a tissue and claim you're not crying, you've just got something in your eye.
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Wreck-It Ralph is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
2012
Wreck-It Ralph is a 2012 comedy animation family film written by Phil Johnston, Jennifer Lee and directed by Rich Moore.
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Ice Age is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
2002
Ice Age is a 2002 American computer-animated comedy adventure film directed by Carlos Saldanha and Chris Wedge from a story by Michael J. Wilson. It was produced by Blue Sky Studios and ...more
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Brave is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
CarolineLim-Keller added 2012
Brave is a 2012 American computer-animated fantasy comedy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It was directed by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman, and ...more
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Mulan is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
1998
Mulan is a 1998 American animated musical action-comedy-drama film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation based on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan. The 36th animated feature in the Walt ...more
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Watership Down is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
AbzoluteArtistry added 1978
Watership Down is a 1978 British animated adventure drama film written, produced and directed by Martin Rosen and based on the novel of the same name by Richard Adams. It was financed by a ...more
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Tangled is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
2010
Tangled is a 2010 American computer animated musical fantasy-comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Loosely based on the German fairy tale ...more
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The Brave Little Toaster is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
1987
The Brave Little Toaster is a 1987 American animated musical comedy-adventure film adapted from the 1980 novel, The Brave Little Toaster: A Bedtime Story For Small Appliances by Thomas Disch. It ...more
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The Secret of NIMH is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
1982
The Secret of NIMH is a 1982 American animated fantasy adventure drama film directed by Don Bluth in his directorial debut. It is an adaptation of Robert C. O'Brien's 1971 children's novel Mrs. ...more
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How to Train Your Dragon is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
2010
How to Train Your Dragon is a 2010 American 3D computer-animated action-fantasy film by DreamWorks Animation loosely based on the British book series of the same name by Cressida Cowell. The ...more
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Aladdin is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
1992
Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Aladdin is a 1992 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Aladdin is the 31st animated feature in the Walt Disney ...more
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Frankenweenie is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
ladylenna added 2012
Frankenweenie is a 2012 American 3D stop-motion-animated fantasy film directed by Tim Burton. It is a remake of Burton's 1984 short film of the same name and is a parody of and a homage to the ...more
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Shrek is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
2001
Shrek is a 2001 American computer-animated fantasy-comedy film produced by PDI/DreamWorks, released by DreamWorks Pictures, directed by Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson, featuring the voices of ...more
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Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarr... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
AmandaFuentes added 2002
Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron is a 2002 American animated western drama film that that was produced by DreamWorks Animation and released by DreamWorks Pictures. It follows the adventures of a ...more
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Frozen is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
2013
Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Frozen is a 2013 American 3D computer-animated musical fantasy–comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 53rd animated feature in the ...more
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Despicable Me is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
2010
Despicable Me is a 2010 American 3D computer-animated comedy film directed by Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud. When a mastermind (Steve Carell) uses a trio of orphan girls as pawns for a grand ...more
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The Prince of Egypt is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
but chickens double d added 1998
The Prince of Egypt is a 1998 American animated epic musical biblical film and the first traditionally animated film produced and released by DreamWorks Pictures. The film is an adaptation of ...more
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The Little Mermaid is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
1989
The Little Mermaid is a 1989 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Based on the Danish fairy tale by Hans ...more
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Ratatouille is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
2007
Ratatouille is a 2007 American computer-animated comedy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the eighth film produced by Pixar, and was co-written ...more
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Pinocchio is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
1940
Pinocchio is a 1940 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Productions and based on the Italian children's novel The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi. It was the ...more
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The Princess and the Frog is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
2009
The Princess and the Frog is a 2009 American animated musical romantic fantasy-comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The 49th film in the ...more
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Snow White and the Seven Dwarf... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
1937
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is a 1937 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Productions and released by RKO Radio Pictures. Based on the German fairy tale by the ...more
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Anastasia is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
Tuan Cao added 1997
Anastasia is a 1997 American animated musical fantasy drama film produced by Fox Animation Studios and distributed by 20th Century Fox. Directed by former Disney animation directors Don Bluth ...more
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Howl's Moving Castle is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
unakite-emmett-gem added 2004
Howl's Moving Castle is a 2004 Japanese animated fantasy film scripted and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. The film is based on the novel of the same name by British writer Diana Wynne Jones. The ...more
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FernGully: The Last Rainforest is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
1992
FernGully: The Last Rainforest is a 1992 Australian-American animated fantasy environmental film directed by Bill Kroyer. It was produced by Peter Faiman and Wayne Young, with the screenplay ...more
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Balto is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
NoelCarlfalk added 1995
Balto is a 1995 American live-action/animated historical adventure drama film directed by Simon Wells, produced by Amblin Entertainment and distributed by Universal Pictures. The film is loosely ...more