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Animated Movies That Make You Cry The Most

Updated October 13, 2020 57.8k votes 5.8k voters 100.8k views88 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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  • 1
    Up is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry The Most
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    Up

    2009

    ActorsChristopher Plummer, Ed Asner, Laraine Newman, John Ratzenberger, Delroy Lindo

    Directed byPete Docter

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    The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry The Most
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    ActorsWhoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons, Matthew Broderick, James Earl Jones, Rowan Atkinson

    Directed byRob Minkoff, Roger Allers

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    The Fox and the Hound is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry The Most

    ActorsKurt Russell, Mickey Rooney, Corey Feldman, Sandy Duncan, Jack Albertson

    Directed byRichard Rich, Art Stevens, Ted Berman

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    Toy Story 3 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry The Most
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    ActorsTom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg, Michael Keaton, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack

    Directed byLee Unkrich

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

    1942

    ActorsSterling Holloway, Sam Edwards, Cammie King, Ann Gillis, Will Wright

    Directed byJames Algar, Samuel Armstrong, Paul Satterfield, Bill Roberts, Norman Wright

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

    ActorsDiana Ross, Frank Welker, Judith Barsi, Pat Hingle, Helen Shaver

    Directed byDon Bluth

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    Grave of the Fireflies is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry The Most

    ActorsYoshiko Shinohara, Akemi Yamaguchi, Ayano Shiraishi, Tsutomu Tatsumi

    Directed byIsao Takahata

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  • 8
    Inside Out is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry The Most
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    ActorsAmy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Mindy Kaling, Bill Hader, Lewis Black

    Directed byPete Docter

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    Big Hero 6 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry The Most
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    ActorsJamie Chung, Maya Rudolph, Génesis Rodríguez, James Cromwell, Alan Tudyk

    Directed byChris Williams, Don Hall

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  • 10
    Dumbo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry The Most
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    Dumbo

    1941

    ActorsSterling Holloway, Cliff Edwards, Verna Felton, Herman Bing, Ken Darby

    Directed byWilfred Jackson, Samuel Armstrong, Bill Roberts, Ben Sharpsteen, Norm Ferguson

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  • 11
    All Dogs Go to Heaven is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry The Most

    ActorsLoni Anderson, Dom DeLuise, Vic Tayback, Charles Nelson Reilly, Melba Moore

    Directed byDon Bluth, Gary Goldman, Dan Kuenster

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    Coco is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry The Most
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    Finding Nemo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry The Most
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    ActorsEllen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe, Eric Bana, Allison Janney, Albert Brooks

    Directed byAndrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich

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  • 14
    WALL-E is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry The Most
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    WALL-E

    2008

    ActorsSigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Kathy Najimy, Fred Willard, Jeff Garlin

    Directed byAndrew Stanton

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    The Iron Giant is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry The Most
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    ActorsJennifer Aniston, Vin Diesel, Cloris Leachman, Harry Connick, Jr.

    Directed byBrad Bird

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  • 16
    Charlotte's Web is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry The Most
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    ActorsDebbie Reynolds, Danny Bonaduce, Henry Gibson, Paul Lynde, Agnes Moorehead

    Directed byCharles August Nichols, Iwao Takamoto

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  • 17
    Monsters, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry The Most
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    ActorsBilly Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Jennifer Tilly, James Coburn

    Directed byDavid Silverman, Pete Docter, Lee Unkrich

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  • 18
    How to Train Your Dragon 2 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry The Most

    ActorsCate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill, Craig Ferguson

    Directed byDean DeBlois

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

    ActorsChristopher Plummer, Madeline Kahn, Dom DeLuise, Nehemiah Persoff, Hal Smith

    Directed byDon Bluth

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    Lilo & Stitch is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry The Most
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    ActorsTia Carrere, Ving Rhames, Kevin Michael Richardson, Daveigh Chase, David Ogden Stiers

    Directed byDean DeBlois, Chris Sanders

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    Spirited Away is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry The Most
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    ActorsMiyu Irino, Bunta Sugawara, Ryunosuke Kamiki, Yo Oizumi, Mari Natsuki

    Directed byHayao Miyazaki

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    Brother Bear is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry The Most
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    ActorsJoaquin Phoenix, Pauley Perrette, Michael Clarke Duncan, Rick Moranis, Brian Posehn

    Directed byAaron Blaise, Robert A. Walker

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    Toy Story 2 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry The Most
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    ActorsTom Hanks, Kelsey Grammer, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Don Rickles

    Directed byJohn Lasseter, Lee Unkrich, Ash Brannon

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    Toy Story is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry The Most
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    ActorsTom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles, Penn Jillette, Annie Potts

    Directed byJohn Lasseter

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    Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Animated Movies That Make You Cry The Most

    ActorsAngela Lansbury, Frank Welker, Jerry Orbach, Robby Benson, David Ogden Stiers

    Directed byGary Trousdale, Kirk Wise

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