Animated 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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Up is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
Up 2009 Up is a 2009 American 3D computer-animated adventure comedy-drama film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by Pete Docter, the film centers on an ...more

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The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
The Lion King 1994 The Lion King is a 1994 American animated musical epic film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 32nd animated feature in the Walt Disney ...more

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Toy Story 3 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
Toy Story 3 2010 Toy Story 3 is a 2010 American 3D computer-animated comedy film, and the third film in the Toy Story series. It was produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. ...more

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Bambi is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
Bambi 1942 Bambi is a 1942 American animated drama film directed by David Hand, produced by Walt Disney and based on the book Bambi, A Life in the Woods by Austrian author Felix Salten. The film was ...more

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Dumbo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
Dumbo 1941 Dumbo is an American animated film produced by Walt Disney Productions and premiered on October 23, 1941, by RKO Radio Pictures. Sound was recorded conventionally using the RCA System. One voice ...more

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Inside Out is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
Inside Out 2015 Inside Out is a 2015 American 3D computer-animated comedy-drama film directed by Pete Docter. In the mind of a young girl, five personified emotions - Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), ...more

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The Fox and the Hound is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
The Fox and the Hound 1981 The Fox and the Hound is a 1981 American animated drama film based on the Daniel P. Mannix novel of the same name, produced by Walt Disney Productions and released in the United States on July ...more

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The Land Before Time is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
The Land Before Time 1988 The Land Before Time is a 1988 American-Irish animated adventure drama film directed and co-produced by Don Bluth and executive produced by Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Kathleen Kennedy, and ...more

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Finding Nemo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
Finding Nemo 2003 Finding Nemo is a 2003 American computer-animated comedy-drama adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Written and directed by Andrew Stanton, it ...more

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WALL-E is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
WALL-E 2008 WALL-E is a 2008 American computer-animated science-fiction comedy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by Andrew Stanton, the story follows a ...more

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Big Hero 6 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
Big Hero 6 2014 Big Hero 6 is a 2014 American 3D computer-animated superhero action comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 54th film in the Walt ...more

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Monsters, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
Monsters, Inc. 2001 Monsters, Inc. is a 2001 American computer-animated comedy film directed by Pete Docter, produced by Pixar Animation Studios, and released by Walt Disney Pictures. John Lasseter and Andrew ...more

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The Iron Giant is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
The Iron Giant 1999 The Iron Giant is a 1999 American animated science fiction comedy-drama film using both traditional animation and computer animation, produced by Warner Bros. Animation, and based on the 1968 ...more

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All Dogs Go to Heaven is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
All Dogs Go to Heaven 1989 All Dogs Go to Heaven is a 1989 American–Irish animated musical adventure comedy film directed and produced by Don Bluth and released by United Artists and Goldcrest Films. The film tells the ...more

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Charlotte's Web is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
Charlotte's Web 1973 Charlotte's Web is a 1973 American animated musical film produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions and Sagittarius Productions and based upon the 1952 children's book of the same name by E. B. ...more

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Toy Story 2 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
Toy Story 2 1999 Toy Story 2 is a 1999 American computer-animated comedy adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by John Lasseter and co-directed by Lee ...more

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Lilo & Stitch is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
Lilo & Stitch 2002 Lilo & Stitch is a 2002 American animated action-adventure comedy-drama film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures on June 21, 2002. The 42nd ...more

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Coco is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
Robila Agha added Coco Coco is a 2017 American 3D computer-animated musical fantasy adventure film directed by Lee Unkrich. Aspiring musician Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez) teams up with charming trickster Hector (Gael ...more

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Toy Story is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
Toy Story 1995 Toy Story is a 1995 American computer-animated buddy-comedy adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by John Lasseter, Toy Story was the ...more

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How to Train Your Dragon 2 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
How to Train Your Dragon 2 2014 How to Train Your Dragon 2 is a 2014 animation action adventure film written and directed by Dean DeBlois.

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Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
Beauty and the Beast 1991 Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Beauty and the Beast is a 1991 American animated musical romantic fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The 30th film in the Walt Disney ...more

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Wreck-It Ralph is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
Wreck-It Ralph 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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An American Tail is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
An American Tail 1986 An American Tail is a 1986 American animated musical adventure film directed by Don Bluth and produced by Sullivan Bluth Studios and Amblin Entertainment. The film tells the story of Fievel ...more

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Brother Bear is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
AmandaFuentes added Brother Bear 2003 Brother Bear is a 2003 American animated adventure comedy-drama film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 44th animated feature in the Walt ...more

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Grave of the Fireflies is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
Grave of the Fireflies 1988 Grave of the Fireflies is a 1988 Japanese animated drama film written and directed by Isao Takahata and animated by Studio Ghibli. It is based on the 1967 semi-autobiographical novel Grave of ...more

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Spirited Away is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
Spirited Away 2001 Spirited Away is a 2001 Japanese animated fantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki and produced by Studio Ghibli. The film stars Rumi Hiiragi, Miyu Irino, Mari Natsuki, Takeshi Naito, ...more

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Ice Age is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
Ice Age 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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Mulan is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
Mulan 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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Tangled is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
Tangled 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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Shrek is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
Shrek 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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Brave is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
CarolineLim-Keller added Brave 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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Aladdin is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
Aladdin 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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The Brave Little Toaster is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
The Brave Little Toaster 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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How to Train Your Dragon is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
How to Train Your Dragon 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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Frozen is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
Frozen 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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Frankenweenie is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
ladylenna added Frankenweenie 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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Despicable Me is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
Despicable Me 2010 Despicable Me is a 2010 American 3D computer-animated comedy film directed by Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud. When a criminal mastermind (Steve Carell) uses a trio of orphan girls as pawns for a ...more

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Watership Down is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
AbzoluteArtistry added Watership Down 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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The Secret of NIMH is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
The Secret of NIMH 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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The Little Mermaid is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
The Little Mermaid 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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Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarr... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
AmandaFuentes added Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron 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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Ratatouille is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
Ratatouille 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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The Prince of Egypt is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
but chickens double d added The Prince of Egypt 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 Princess and the Frog is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
The Princess and the Frog 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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Pinocchio is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
Pinocchio 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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Snow White and the Seven Dwarf... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 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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Cars is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
MorganKirkland added Cars 2006 Cars is a 2006 American computer-animated comedy-adventure sports film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed and co-written by John Lasseter, it is ...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 Howl's Moving Castle 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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Anastasia is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
Tuan Cao added Anastasia 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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Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
Cinderella 1950 Cinderella is a 1950 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney and released by RKO Radio Pictures. Based on the fairy tale "Cendrillon" by Charles Perrault, it is ...more