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Animated Movies That Make You Cry The Most

Updated February 22, 2021 59.9k votes 6.2k voters 105.6k views80 items

The best animated movies can be just as emotional as even the most moving live action tearjerker. Admit it, there are sad 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? But which one these cartoon movies is the saddest animated movie of all time? You get to help decide with your votes.

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. Then grab a tissue and claim you're not crying, you've just got something in your eye.

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