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The Saddest Deaths in Kids Movies

Updated February 14, 2018 212k votes 19.1k voters 986.2k 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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    Mufasa

    The Lion King

    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
  • 2
    8,687
    1,542

    Little Foot's Mom

    The Land Before Time
  • 3
    7,537
    1,560

    ActorMacaulay Culkin

    Thomas J. Sennett is a fictional character from the 1991 film My Girl....  more
  • 4
    8,053
    1,649

    Ellie Fredricksen

    Up
    Carl Fredrickson's Wife
  • 5
    7,171
    1,405

    Marley

    Marley & Me

    ActorBrody, Jonah, Woodson, Brownie, Clyde

    Marley is a fictional character from the 2008 film Marley and Me....  more
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    6,199
    1,630

    Leslie Burke

    Bridge to Terabithia

    ActorAnnaSophia Robb

  • 7
    7,396
    2,427

    Dobby the House Elf

    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I

    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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    ActorPaula Winslowe

    Bambi's Mother is a fictional character from the 1942 animated feature film Bambi....  more
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    5,713
    1,921

    Fred Weasley

    Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

    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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    5,684
    1,916

    Sirius Black

    Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

    ActorGary Oldman, James Walters

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    5,391
    1,444

    Artax

    The Neverending Story
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    5,164
    1,742

    Old Yeller

    Old Yeller

    ActorSpike

    Old Yeller is a fictional character from the 1956 book Old Yeller appearing in 1957 film Old Yeller....  more
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    ActorVerna Felton

    Mrs. Jumbo is a fictional character from Disney's 1941 animated feature Dumbo....  more
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    5,315
    2,233

    Professor Severus Snape

    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2

    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
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    4,700
    2,166

    Professor Albus Dumbledore

    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

    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
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    4,139
    1,727

    Charlotte A. Cavatica

    Charlotte's Web

    ActorDebbie Reynolds, Julia Roberts

    Charlotte's Web
    Charlotte A. Cavatica is a fictional character from the book Charlotte's Web....  more
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    3,720
    1,375

    Bing Bong

    Inside Out
  • 18
    3,042
    1,526

    Hachi

    Hachi: A Dog's Tale

    ActorHachi

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    3,809
    1,602

    Remus Lupin

    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2

    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
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    1,693

    The Iron Giant

    The Iron Giant

    ActorVin Diesel

    The Iron Giant is a fictional character from the 1999 film The Iron Giant....  more
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    1,533

    Han Solo

    Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, The Star Wars Holiday Special

    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
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    1,711

    Binx the Cat

    Hocus Pocus

    ActorSean Murray, Jason Marsden

    Hocus Pocus
    Thackery Binx is a fictional character from the 1993 film Hocus Pocus....
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    1,358

    Charlie B. Barkin

    All Dogs Go to Heaven

    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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    2,548
    1,222

    Coral

    Finding Nemo

    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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    1,908
    1,051

    Stoick the Vast

    How to Train Your Dragon, How to Train Your Dragon 2

    ActorGerard Butler

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