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The Saddest Deaths in Kids Movies  

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List Rules Upvote 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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Mufasa is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Saddest Deaths in Kids Movies
The Lion King
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, ...more
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Bambi's Mother is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Saddest Deaths in Kids Movies
Bambi
Bambi's Mother is a fictional character from the 1942 animated feature film Bambi.
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Dobby the House Elf is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Saddest Deaths in Kids Movies
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I
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 ...more
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Professor Albus Dumbledore is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Saddest Deaths in Kids Movies
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
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. ...more
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Little Foot's Mom is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Saddest Deaths in Kids Movies
EpicMan added The Land Before Time
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Old Yeller is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Saddest Deaths in Kids Movies
Old Yeller
Old Yeller is a fictional character from the 1956 book Old Yeller appearing in 1957 film Old Yeller.
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Ellie Fredricksen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Saddest Deaths in Kids Movies
grace4penguins added Up
Carl Fredrickson's Wife
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Marley is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Saddest Deaths in Kids Movies
Marley & Me
Marley is a fictional character from the 2008 film Marley and Me.
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Professor Severus Snape is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Saddest Deaths in Kids Movies
NagarjunaKatta added Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2
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 ...more
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Charlotte A. Cavatica is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Saddest Deaths in Kids Movies
Charlotte's Web
Charlotte's Web Charlotte A. Cavatica is a fictional character from the book Charlotte's Web.
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Sirius Black is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Saddest Deaths in Kids Movies
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
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Thomas J. Sennett is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Saddest Deaths in Kids Movies
My Girl
Thomas J. Sennett is a fictional character from the 1991 film My Girl.
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Fred Weasley is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Saddest Deaths in Kids Movies
bonnie6975 added Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
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.
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Leslie Burke is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Saddest Deaths in Kids Movies
VanesaAngelicaQuiñones added Bridge to Terabithia
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Mrs. Jumbo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Saddest Deaths in Kids Movies
Mavsc79 added Dumbo
Mrs. Jumbo is a fictional character from Disney's 1941 animated feature Dumbo.
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Hachi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Saddest Deaths in Kids Movies
JenniferCurrier added Hachi: A Dog's Tale
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Beast is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Saddest Deaths in Kids Movies
Beauty and the Beast
La bête is a fictional character from the 2014 film Beauty and the Beast.
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The Iron Giant is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Saddest Deaths in Kids Movies
The Iron Giant
The Iron Giant is a fictional character from the 1999 film The Iron Giant.
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Thackery Binx is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Saddest Deaths in Kids Movies
Hocus Pocus
Hocus Pocus Thackery Binx is a fictional character from the 1993 film Hocus Pocus.
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Remus Lupin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Saddest Deaths in Kids Movies
bonnie6975 added Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I
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 ...more
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Han Solo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Saddest Deaths in Kids Movies
SeventhWheel added Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, The Star Wars Holiday Special, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
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 ...more
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Stitch is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Saddest Deaths in Kids Movies
AngelicaHospitalMejias added Lilo & Stitch
Stitch is a fictional character in the Lilo & Stitch film series and television series. Originally created to cause chaos across the galaxy, he is marked by his mischievous behavior, traits ...more
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Cedric Diggory is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Saddest Deaths in Kids Movies
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Cedric Diggory is a fictional character in the Harry Potter book series written by J. K. Rowling. The character was the Hufflepuff Quidditch captain and Seeker through Harry's third year of ...more
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Rufio is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Saddest Deaths in Kids Movies
Hook
Rufio is a fictional character from the 1991 film Hook.
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Charles B. 'Charlie' Barkin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Saddest Deaths in Kids Movies
All Dogs Go to Heaven
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.