Animated Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most  

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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
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
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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Bambi is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
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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Toy Story 3 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
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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Dumbo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
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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The Fox and the Hound is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
1981 he 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) 7 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
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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Inside Out is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
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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Finding Nemo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
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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Big Hero 6 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
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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WALL-E is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
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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Monsters, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
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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All Dogs Go to Heaven is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
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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The Iron Giant is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
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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Charlotte's Web is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
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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Coco is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
Robila Agha added 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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Grave of the Fireflies is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
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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Lilo & Stitch is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
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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Brother Bear is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
AmandaFuentes added 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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An American Tail is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
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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Toy Story 2 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
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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How to Train Your Dragon 2 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
2014 How to Train Your Dragon 2 is a 2014 animation action adventure film written and directed by Dean DeBlois.

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Toy Story is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
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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Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
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) 25 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.