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
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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WALL-E is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Big Hero 6 is listed (or ranked) 11 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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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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Lilo & Stitch is listed (or ranked) 17 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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An American Tail is listed (or ranked) 18 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) 19 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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Toy Story is listed (or ranked) 20 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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Brother Bear is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Grave of the Fireflies is listed (or ranked) 22 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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Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 23 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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How to Train Your Dragon 2 is listed (or ranked) 24 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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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.

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Spirited Away is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
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
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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Brave is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
CarolineLim-Keller added 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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Mulan is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
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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The Brave Little Toaster is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
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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Tangled is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
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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Aladdin is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
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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Shrek is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
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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The Secret of NIMH is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
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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Watership Down is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
AbzoluteArtistry added 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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Frankenweenie is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
ladylenna added 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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How to Train Your Dragon is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
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) 38 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
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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Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarr... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
AmandaFuentes added 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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Despicable Me is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
2010 Despicable Me is a 2010 American 3D computer-animated comedy film directed by Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud. When a mastermind (Steve Carell) uses a trio of orphan girls as pawns for a grand ...more

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The Little Mermaid is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
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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Ratatouille is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
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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Pinocchio is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
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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The Prince of Egypt is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
but chickens double d added 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) 45 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
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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Snow White and the Seven Dwarf... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
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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Howl's Moving Castle is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
unakite-emmett-gem added 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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FernGully: The Last Rainforest is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
1992 FernGully: The Last Rainforest is a 1992 Australian-American animated fantasy environmental film directed by Bill Kroyer. It was produced by Peter Faiman and Wayne Young, with the screenplay ...more

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Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
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

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The Nightmare Before Christmas is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
1993 Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas 3D is a 2006 3D version of the 1993 film of the same title directed by Henry Selick and written by Caroline Thompson.