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The Saddest Deaths in Kids Movies

Updated February 14, 2018 111.7k votes 11.4k voters 854.9k 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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  • 1
    Mufasa
    5,142
    831

    Mufasa

    The Lion King

    ActorJames Earl Jones

    Mufasa was one of the secondary protagonists in the Lion King franchise. He was Simba's...
  • 2
    Little Foot's Mom
    4,194
    797

    Little Foot's Mom

    The Land Before Time
  • 3
    Ellie Fredricksen
    3,982
    851

    Ellie Fredricksen

    Up
    Carl Fredrickson's Wife
  • 4
    Bambi's Mother
    3,751
    1,218

    ActorPaula Winslowe

    Bambi's Mother is a fictional character from the 1942 animated feature film Bambi.
  • 5
    Thomas J. Sennett
    3,525
    861

    ActorMacaulay Culkin

    Thomas J. Sennett is a fictional character from the 1991 film My Girl.
  • 6
    Marley
    3,538
    736

    Marley

    Marley & Me

    ActorBrody, Jonah, Woodson, Brownie, Clyde

    Marley is a fictional character from the 2008 film Marley and Me.
  • 7
    Dobby the House Elf
    3,971
    1,385

    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...
  • 8
    Old Yeller
    2,860
    952

    Old Yeller

    Old Yeller

    ActorSpike

    Old Yeller is a fictional character from the 1956 book Old Yeller appearing in 1957 film Old...
  • 9
    Fred Weasley
    2,790
    974

    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....
  • 10
    Leslie Burke
    2,562
    912

    Leslie Burke

    Bridge to Terabithia

    ActorAnnaSophia Robb

  • 11
    Sirius Black
    2,976
    1,081

    Sirius Black

    Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

    ActorGary Oldman, James Walters

  • 12
    Artax
    2,331
    775

    Artax

    The Neverending Story
  • 13
    Professor Severus Snape
    2,861
    1,250

    Professor Severus Snape

    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2

    ActorAlan Rickman

    Harry Potter
  • 14
    Mrs. Jumbo
    2,253
    869

    ActorVerna Felton

    Mrs. Jumbo is a fictional character from Disney's 1941 animated feature Dumbo.
  • 15
    Professor Albus Dumbledore
    2,732
    1,337

    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... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Charlotte A. Cavatica
    2,252
    992

    Charlotte A. Cavatica

    Charlotte's Web

    ActorDebbie Reynolds, Julia Roberts

    Charlotte's Web
  • 17
    Bing Bong
    1,488
    545

    Bing Bong

    Inside Out
  • 18
    Remus Lupin
    1,954
    810

    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...
  • 19
    The Iron Giant
    1,823
    960

    The Iron Giant

    The Iron Giant

    ActorVin Diesel

    The Iron Giant is a fictional character from the 1999 film The Iron Giant.
  • 20
    Han Solo
    1,414
    727

    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.... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Hachi
    1,539
    880

    Hachi

    Hachi: A Dog's Tale

    ActorHachi

  • 22
    Binx the Cat
    1,644
    967

    Binx the Cat

    Hocus Pocus

    ActorSean Murray, Jason Marsden

    Hocus Pocus
  • 23
    Coral
    1,151
    495

    Coral

    Finding Nemo

    ActorElizabeth Perkins

    Coral, the wife of Marlin and Nemo's mother. She died with hundred of her kids after being...
  • 24
    Charlie B. Barkin
    1,613
    771

    Charlie B. Barkin

    All Dogs Go to Heaven

    ActorCharlie Sheen

    All Dogs Go to Heaven
  • 25
    Nymphadora Tonks
    1,329
    836

    Nymphadora Tonks

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

    ActorNatalia Tena

    Nymphadora Tonks is a fictional character in the Harry Potter book series written by J. K....