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Animated Movies That Make You Cry The Most

Updated October 13, 2020 58.0k votes 5.8k voters 101.0k views88 items

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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    Watership Down is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry The Most
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    ActorsJohn Hurt, Denholm Elliott, Richard Briers, Harry Andrews, Ralph Richardson

    Directed byJohn Hubley, Martin Rosen

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    how to train your dragon 3 is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry The Most

    ActorsJay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill

    Directed byDean DeBlois

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    Brave is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry The Most
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    Brave

    2012

    ActorsEmma Thompson, Craig Ferguson, Billy Connolly, Kevin McKidd, Julie Walters

    Directed byMark Andrews, Brenda Chapman

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    Frozen 2 is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry The Most
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    ActorsKristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad, Evan Rachel Wood, Sterling K. Brown

    Directed byChris Buck, Jennifer Lee

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    The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry The Most
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    The Lion King

    2019

    ActorsDonald Glover, Beyoncé, James Earl Jones, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Billy Eichner

    Directed byJon Favreau

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    Wreck-It Ralph is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry The Most
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    ActorsSarah Silverman, Jane Lynch, Mindy Kaling, Stefanie Scott, John C. Reilly

    Directed byRich Moore

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    The Good Dinosaur is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry The Most

    ActorsRaymond Ochoa, Jack Bright, Sam Elliott, Anna Paquin, A.J. Buckley

    Directed byPeter Sohn

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  • 33
    Balto is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry The Most
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    Balto

    1995

    ActorsKevin Bacon, Phil Collins, Bridget Fonda, Bob Hoskins, Jim Cummings

    Directed bySimon Wells

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    The Secret of NIMH is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry The Most

    ActorsShannen Doherty, Wil Wheaton, Derek Jacobi, Dom DeLuise, John Carradine

    Directed byDon Bluth

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    Mulan is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry The Most
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    Mulan

    1998

    ActorsEddie Murphy, Ming-Na Wen, George Takei, Donny Osmond, Pat Morita

    Directed byTony Bancroft, Barry Cook

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    Toy Story 4 is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry The Most
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    ActorsTom Hanks, Tim Allen, Kristen Schaal, Patricia Arquette, Laurie Metcalf

    Directed byJosh Cooley

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    Moana is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry The Most
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    Moana

    2016

    ActorsAuli'i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Rachel House, Temuera Morrison, Jemaine Clement

    Directed byRon Clements, John Musker

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    How to Train Your Dragon is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry The Most

    ActorsGerard Butler, Kristen Wiig, David Tennant, Jonah Hill, Craig Ferguson

    Directed byDean DeBlois, Chris Sanders

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    Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarr is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry The Most

    ActorsMatt Damon, James Cromwell, Charles Napier, Robert Cait, Richard McGonagle

    Directed byLorna Cook, Kelly Asbury

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    Finding Dory is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry The Most
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    ActorsEllen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Hayden Rolence, Ed O'Neill, Kaitlin Olson

    Directed byAndrew Stanton

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  • 41
    Oliver & Company is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry The Most

    ActorsBilly Joel, Bette Midler, Cheech Marin, Joey Lawrence, Dom DeLuise

    Directed byGeorge Scribner

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    Tarzan is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry The Most
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    Tarzan

    1999

    ActorsRosie O'Donnell, Glenn Close, Minnie Driver, Tony Goldwyn, Nigel Hawthorne

    Directed byKevin Lima, Chris Buck

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    The Brave Little Toaster is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry The Most

    ActorsPhil Hartman, Jon Lovitz, Joe Ranft, Timothy Stack, Judy Toll

    Directed byJerry Rees

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    Rise of the Guardians is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry The Most

    ActorsHugh Jackman, Alec Baldwin, Isla Fisher, Jude Law, Chris Pine

    Directed byPeter Ramsey

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    Pinocchio is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry The Most
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    ActorsMel Blanc, Cliff Edwards, Frankie Darro, Walter Catlett, Evelyn Venable

    Directed byWilfred Jackson, T. Hee, Bill Roberts, Hamilton Luske, Ben Sharpsteen

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    Ratatouille is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry The Most
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    ActorsPeter O'Toole, Janeane Garofalo, Will Arnett, Patton Oswalt, Ian Holm

    Directed byBrad Bird, Jan Pinkava

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    Ice Age is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry The Most
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    ActorsJack Black, Ray Romano, Jane Krakowski, Denis Leary, Alan Tudyk

    Directed byChris Wedge, Carlos Saldanha

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    Tangled is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry The Most
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    ActorsMandy Moore, Ron Perlman, Zachary Levi, Brad Garrett, Laraine Newman

    Directed byNathan Greno, Byron Howard

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    The Prince of Egypt is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry The Most

    ActorsSandra Bullock, Michelle Pfeiffer, Val Kilmer, Helen Mirren, Ralph Fiennes

    Directed byBrenda Chapman, Simon Wells, Steve Hickner

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    Frozen is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry The Most
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    Frozen

    2013

    ActorsKristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Alan Tudyk, Ciarán Hinds, Jonathan Groff

    Directed byChris Buck, Jennifer Lee

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