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 Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner, Laraine Newman

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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 Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons, Matthew Broderick

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Toy Story 3 Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg, Michael Keaton

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Bambi Sterling Holloway, Sam Edwards, Cammie King

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Dumbo Sterling Holloway, Cliff Edwards, Verna Felton

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Inside Out Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Mindy Kaling

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The Fox and the Hound Kurt Russell, Mickey Rooney, Corey Feldman

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The Land Before Time Diana Ross, Frank Welker, Judith Barsi

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Finding Nemo Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe, Eric Bana

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WALL-E Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Kathy Najimy

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Monsters, Inc. Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi

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Big Hero 6 Jamie Chung, Maya Rudolph, Génesis Rodríguez

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All Dogs Go to Heaven Loni Anderson, Dom DeLuise, Vic Tayback

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The Iron Giant Jennifer Aniston, Vin Diesel, Cloris Leachman

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Charlotte's Web Debbie Reynolds, Danny Bonaduce, Henry Gibson

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Toy Story Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles

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Toy Story 2 Tom Hanks, Kelsey Grammer, Tim Allen

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Lilo & Stitch Tia Carrere, Ving Rhames, Kevin Michael Richardson

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Beauty and the Beast Angela Lansbury, Frank Welker, Jerry Orbach - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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An American Tail Christopher Plummer, Madeline Kahn, Dom DeLuise

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Wreck-It Ralph Sarah Silverman, Jane Lynch, Mindy Kaling

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How to Train Your Dragon 2 Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, Kristen Wiig

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AmandaFuentes added Brother Bear Joaquin Phoenix, Pauley Perrette, Michael Clarke Duncan

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Ice Age Jack Black, Ray Romano, Jane Krakowski

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Spirited Away Miyu Irino, Bunta Sugawara, Ryunosuke Kamiki

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Shrek Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Mike Myers

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Mulan Eddie Murphy, Ming-Na Wen, George Takei

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Tangled Mandy Moore, Ron Perlman, Zachary Levi

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The Brave Little Toaster Phil Hartman, Jon Lovitz, Joe Ranft

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Despicable Me Russell Brand, Steve Carell, Julie Andrews

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How to Train Your Dragon Gerard Butler, Kristen Wiig, David Tennant

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Grave of the Fireflies Yoshiko Shinohara, Akemi Yamaguchi, Ayano Shiraishi

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The Secret of NIMH Shannen Doherty, Wil Wheaton, Derek Jacobi

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The Little Mermaid Tim Curry, Mark Hamill, Frank Welker

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Ratatouille Peter O'Toole, Janeane Garofalo, Will Arnett

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Pinocchio Mel Blanc, Cliff Edwards, Frankie Darro

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Billy Gilbert, Pinto Colvig, Jimmy MacDonald

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Cinderella June Foray, Mike Douglas, Verna Felton

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FernGully: The Last Rainforest Robin Williams, Tim Curry, Christian Slater

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The Nightmare Before Christmas Paul Reubens, Catherine O'Hara, Danny Elfman

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The Rescuers Bob Newhart, Eva Gabor, Geraldine Page