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The Best Disney Movies About Grief 

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Updated July 13, 2020 756 votes 106 voters 1.8k views 17 items

List Rules Vote up the best Disney movies you watch during tough times.

There are Disney movies for any mood or situation. This is a list of Disney movies that deal with grief ranked from best to worst by user votes. The best Disney movies about loss come in many forms. Some Disney movies about grief tackle the loss of a parent while others address the circle of life. A few good Disney movies that help with grief even won Academy Awards.

What films will you find on this list best Disney movies about grief? Coco has to be a film that comes to mind. The story follows Miguel as he journeys to the Land of the Dead in search of a long lost family member. Back with the living, Miguel better understands the importance of family and keeping the memory of loved ones alive. The Lion King is another good Disney movie that can help with grief.

Up finds a widower coping with grief by keeping a promise he made to his late wife. Other good Disney movies about grief include Bambi, Old Yeller, and Finding Nemo.

Do you have a favorite Disney movie about grief? Please vote the best films up to the top of this list and add any great options we may have missed.

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Up is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Disney Movies About Grief
Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner, Laraine Newman

Released: 2009

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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Coco is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Disney Movies About Grief
Anthony Gonzalez, Gael Garcia Bernal, Benjamin Bratt

Directed by: Lee Unkrich

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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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Bambi is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Disney Movies About Grief
Sterling Holloway, Sam Edwards, Cammie King

Released: 1942

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 Fox and the Hound is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Disney Movies About Grief
Kurt Russell, Mickey Rooney, Corey Feldman

Released: 1981

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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The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Disney Movies About Grief
Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons, Matthew Broderick

Released: 1994

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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Old Yeller is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Disney Movies About Grief
Chuck Connors, Fess Parker, Dorothy McGuire

Released: 1957

Directed by: Robert Stevenson

Old Yeller is a 1957 American family tragedy film produced by Walt Disney. It stars Tommy Kirk, Dorothy McGuire and Beverly Washburn. It is about a boy and a stray dog in Texas. It is based upon ...more
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Finding Nemo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Disney Movies About Grief
Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe, Eric Bana

Released: 2003

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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Big Hero 6 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Disney Movies About Grief
Jamie Chung, Maya Rudolph, Génesis Rodríguez

Released: 2014

Directed by: Chris Williams, Don Hall

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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Inside Out is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Disney Movies About Grief
payer35 added Amy Poehler, Diane Lane, Mindy Kaling

Released: 2015

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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Pinocchio is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Disney Movies About Grief
Mel Blanc, Cliff Edwards, Frankie Darro

Released: 1940

Directed by: Wilfred Jackson, T. Hee, Bill Roberts, Hamilton Luske, Ben Sharpsteen, + more

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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Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Disney Movies About Grief
June Foray, Mike Douglas, Verna Felton

Released: 1950

Directed by: Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi

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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Brother Bear is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Disney Movies About Grief
Joaquin Phoenix, Pauley Perrette, Michael Clarke Duncan

Released: 2003

Directed by: Aaron Blaise, Robert A. Walker

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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Snow White and the Seven... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Disney Movies About Grief
Billy Gilbert, Pinto Colvig, Jimmy MacDonald

Released: 1937

Directed by: Wilfred Jackson, Larry Morey, Perce Pearce, Ben Sharpsteen, William Cottrell, + more

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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Onward is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Disney Movies About Grief
Chris Pratt, Tom Holland, Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Released: 2020

Directed by: Dan Scanlon

Onward is a 2020 American 3D computer-animated film directed by Dan Scanlon. In a suburban fantasy world without humans and populated with elves, trolls, and sprites, where unicorns are as ...more
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Sleeping Beauty is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Disney Movies About Grief
Marvin Miller, Mary Costa, Verna Felton

Released: 1959

Directed by: Clyde Geronimi

Sleeping Beauty is a 1959 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney based on The Sleeping Beauty by Charles Perrault and Little Briar Rose by The Brothers Grimm. The 16th ...more
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Pocahontas is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Disney Movies About Grief
Mel Gibson, Christian Bale, Billy Connolly

Released: 1995

Directed by: Eric Goldberg, Mike Gabriel

Pocahontas is a 1995 American animated musical romantic-drama film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 33rd film in the Walt Disney Animated ...more
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The Princess and the Fro... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Disney Movies About Grief
Oprah Winfrey, John Goodman, Terrence Howard

Released: 2009

Directed by: Ron Clements, John Musker

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