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Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most 

Tucker DeSaulnier
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Updated February 21, 2020 62k votes 5.6k voters 96.7k views 88 items

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

Actors: Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner, Laraine Newman, John Ratzenberger, Delroy Lindo, + more

Directed by: Pete Docter

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

Actors: Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons, Matthew Broderick, James Earl Jones, Rowan Atkinson, + more

Directed by: Rob Minkoff, Roger Allers

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
2010

Actors: Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg, Michael Keaton, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, + more

Directed by: Lee Unkrich

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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The Fox and the Hound is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
1981

Actors: Kurt Russell, Mickey Rooney, Corey Feldman, Sandy Duncan, Jack Albertson, + more

Directed by: Richard Rich, Art Stevens, Ted Berman

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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Bambi is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
1942

Actors: Sterling Holloway, Sam Edwards, Cammie King, Ann Gillis, Will Wright, + more

Directed by: James Algar, Samuel Armstrong, Paul Satterfield, Bill Roberts, Norman Wright, + more

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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The Land Before Time is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
1988

Actors: Diana Ross, Frank Welker, Judith Barsi, Pat Hingle, Helen Shaver, + more

Directed by: Don Bluth

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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Dumbo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
1941

Actors: Sterling Holloway, Cliff Edwards, Verna Felton, Herman Bing, Ken Darby, + more

Directed by: Wilfred Jackson, Samuel Armstrong, Bill Roberts, Ben Sharpsteen, Norm Ferguson, + more

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Inside Out is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
2015

Actors: Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Mindy Kaling, Bill Hader, Lewis Black

Directed by: Pete Docter

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

Actors: Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe, Eric Bana, Allison Janney, Albert Brooks, + more

Directed by: Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich

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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All Dogs Go to Heaven is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
1989

Actors: Loni Anderson, Dom DeLuise, Vic Tayback, Charles Nelson Reilly, Melba Moore, + more

Directed by: Don Bluth, Gary Goldman, Dan Kuenster

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Big Hero 6 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
2014

Actors: Jamie Chung, Maya Rudolph, Génesis Rodríguez, James Cromwell, Alan Tudyk, + more

Directed by: Chris Williams, Don Hall

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WALL-E is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
2008

Actors: Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Kathy Najimy, Fred Willard, Jeff Garlin, + more

Directed by: Andrew Stanton

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Coco is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
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Actors: Anthony Gonzalez, Gael Garcia Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Renee Victor, Ana Ofelia Murguia, + more

Directed by: Lee Unkrich

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Grave of the Fireflies ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
1988

Actors: Yoshiko Shinohara, Akemi Yamaguchi, Ayano Shiraishi, Tsutomu Tatsumi

Directed by: Isao Takahata

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Monsters, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
2001

Actors: Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Jennifer Tilly, James Coburn, + more

Directed by: David Silverman, Pete Docter, Lee Unkrich

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The Iron Giant is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
1999

Actors: Jennifer Aniston, Vin Diesel, Cloris Leachman, Harry Connick, Jr., + more

Directed by: Brad Bird

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Charlotte's Web is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
1973

Actors: Debbie Reynolds, Danny Bonaduce, Henry Gibson, Paul Lynde, Agnes Moorehead, + more

Directed by: Charles August Nichols, Iwao Takamoto

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Toy Story is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
1995

Actors: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles, Penn Jillette, Annie Potts, + more

Directed by: John Lasseter

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An American Tail is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
1986

Actors: Christopher Plummer, Madeline Kahn, Dom DeLuise, Nehemiah Persoff, Hal Smith, + more

Directed by: Don Bluth

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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Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
1991

Actors: Angela Lansbury, Frank Welker, Jerry Orbach, Robby Benson, David Ogden Stiers, + more

Directed by: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise

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Lilo & Stitch is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
2002

Actors: Tia Carrere, Ving Rhames, Kevin Michael Richardson, Daveigh Chase, David Ogden Stiers, + more

Directed by: Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders

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How to Train Your Dragon... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
2014

Actors: Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill, Craig Ferguson, + more

Directed by: Dean DeBlois

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Toy Story 2 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
1999

Actors: Tom Hanks, Kelsey Grammer, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Don Rickles, + more

Directed by: John Lasseter, Lee Unkrich, Ash Brannon

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Spirited Away is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
2001

Actors: Miyu Irino, Bunta Sugawara, Ryunosuke Kamiki, Yo Oizumi, Mari Natsuki, + more

Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki

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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Brave is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most
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Actors: Emma Thompson, Craig Ferguson, Billy Connolly, Kevin McKidd, Julie Walters, + more

Directed by: Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman

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