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The Saddest Deaths in Kids Movies

Updated February 14, 2018 216.2k votes 19.5k voters 991.7k views41 items

List RulesUpvote the character who made you cry the hardest when he or she died.

This list of the most tragic and saddest deaths in kids movies will have you tearing up in no time. These traumatizing movie deaths made a whole generation of children sob and spend their adulthoods trying to sort through their feelings.The fact that these movies were aimed at children or teens did not spare the lives of these poor characters: Mufasa, Artax, Littlefoot's Mother, R.I.P.

As a kid, you rarely saw it coming. Even watching some of these movies as adults can still cause grown men to cry. They truly are some of the top tearjerker movies. Who could ever forget poor Simba's face when he realized that Mufasa died? Or the sad scene in My Girl when a young Anna Chlumsky (Vada) cried over the coffin of her best friend, Thomas? The characters on this list can bring you back to these sad scenes in kid's movies.

There are many sad Disney movies, both cartoon and live action. The saddest scenes in children's movies were either caused by the death of characters that you, as the audience, had grown to love (like Dumbledore) or that other people in the movie loved. For example, the death of Ellie Fredricksen in Up is one of the saddest movie deaths--not necessarily because people cared about Ellie (she was only briefly in the beginning of the movie) but because people could see how much Carl loved her.

The deaths of these characters made for sad family movies that were loved by kids and adults alike.
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    The Lion King
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    1,877

    ActorJames Earl Jones

    Mufasa was one of the secondary protagonists in the Lion King franchise. He was Simba's father, Sarabi's husband, Scar's older brother, Nala's father-in-law, Kiara and Kopa's grandfather, Ahadi's  ...more
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    EpicMan addedThe Land Before Time
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  • 3
    7,681
    1,591

    ActorMacaulay Culkin

    Thomas J. Sennett is a fictional character from the 1991 film My Girl.  ...more
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    grace4penguins addedUp
    8,201
    1,681
    Carl Fredrickson's Wife
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    Marley & Me
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    1,421

    ActorBrody, Jonah, Woodson, Brownie, Clyde

    Marley is a fictional character from the 2008 film Marley and Me.  ...more
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    VanesaAngelicaQuiñones addedBridge to Terabithia
    6,343
    1,668

    ActorAnnaSophia Robb

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    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I
    7,547
    2,471

    ActorToby Jones

    Dobby is a house-elf, who, unlike most other house-elves, wanted to be freed. He has three fingers and one opposable thumb. Dobby was the abused and tormented slave of the Malfoys before the events  ...more
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    6,882
    2,350

    ActorPaula Winslowe

    Bambi's Mother is a fictional character from the 1942 animated feature film Bambi.  ...more
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    Old Yeller
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    1,760

    ActorSpike

    Old Yeller is a fictional character from the 1956 book Old Yeller appearing in 1957 film Old Yeller.  ...more
  • 10
    Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
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    1,954

    ActorGary Oldman, James Walters

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    The Neverending Story
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    1,471
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    bonnie6975 addedHarry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
    5,820
    1,964

    ActorJames Phelps

    Fred Weasley is a fictional character in the Harry Potter book series written by J. K. Rowling. He is one of the seven children of the Weasley family and twin brother of George Weasley.  ...more
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    Mavsc79 addedDumbo
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    ActorVerna Felton

    Mrs. Jumbo is a fictional character from Disney's 1941 animated feature Dumbo.  ...more
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    NagarjunaKatta addedHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2
    5,404
    2,278

    ActorAlan Rickman

    Harry Potter
    Severus Snape is a fictional character in J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. He is characterised as a person of considerable complexity, whose coldly sarcastic and controlled exterior conceals deep  ...more
  • 15
    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
    4,790
    2,200

    ActorMichael Gambon, Richard Harris

    Professor Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore is a fictional character in J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. For most of the series, he is the headmaster of the wizarding school Hogwarts. As  ...more
  • 16
    Charlotte's Web
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    1,750

    ActorDebbie Reynolds, Julia Roberts

    Charlotte's Web
    Charlotte A. Cavatica is a fictional character from the book Charlotte's Web.  ...more
  • 17
    Inside Out
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    1,418
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    JenniferCurrier addedHachi: A Dog's Tale
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    ActorHachi

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    bonnie6975 addedHarry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
    3,882
    1,642

    ActorDavid Thewlis

    Remus John Lupin, nicknamed Moony, is a fictional character in the Harry Potter book series written by J. K. Rowling. He first appears in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban as the new Defence  ...more
  • 20
    The Iron Giant
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    1,721

    ActorVin Diesel

    The Iron Giant is a fictional character from the 1999 film The Iron Giant.  ...more
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    SeventhWheel addedStar Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, The Star Wars Holiday Special
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    1,569

    ActorHarrison Ford

    Han Solo is a character in the original trilogy and sequel trilogy of the Star Wars universe. He is portrayed by Harrison Ford. He and his co-pilot, Chewbacca, become involved in the Rebel Alliance  ...more
  • 22
    Hocus Pocus
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    ActorSean Murray, Jason Marsden

    Hocus Pocus
    Thackery Binx is a fictional character from the 1993 film Hocus Pocus.
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    All Dogs Go to Heaven
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    1,379

    ActorCharlie Sheen

    All Dogs Go to Heaven
    Charles B. 'Charlie' Barkin is one of the main fictional characters in the All Dogs Go to Heaven television and film series.
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    CarolineBothleo addedFinding Nemo
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    1,250

    ActorElizabeth Perkins

    Coral, the wife of Marlin and Nemo's mother. She died with hundred of her kids after being eaten by a barracuda.  ...more
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    faith-reti addedHow to Train Your Dragon, How to Train Your Dragon 2
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    ActorGerard Butler

    Stoick the Vast is a fictional character from the film series How to Train Your Dragon and TV series DreamWorks Dragons.  ...more