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Disney Movies That Will Make You Cry 

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Updated October 2, 2019 4.5k votes 773 voters 8.7k views 15 items

List Rules Vote up the Disney movies that are most likely to make you shed a tear or tears.

This list is about ranking sad Disney movies from best to worst by user votes. The best sad Disney movies come in many forms. Some of the saddest Disney films feature characters letting go of childhood wonder while others address the loss of a loved one. A few good Disney movies that will make you cry have been remade and reimagined.

What films will you find on this saddest Disney movies list? Bambi has to come to mind. Early in the movie, the title character must cope with the unimaginable loss of his mother. This 1942 masterpiece also features environmental themes and love stories. Dumbo is another really sad Disney movie.

When it comes to Disney movies with sad endings, it doesn't get much better than Coco. Other good Disney movies that will make you cry include Up, Toy Story 3, and The Lion King.

Which Disney movie do you watch when you need a good cry? Give a vote up to the disney movies with the saddest moments and scenes. You can also add any movies we may have missed.

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The Fox and the Hound is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Disney Movies That Will Make You Cry
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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Up is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Disney Movies That Will Make You Cry
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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The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Disney Movies That Will Make You Cry
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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Bambi is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Disney Movies That Will Make You Cry
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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Dumbo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Disney Movies That Will Make You Cry
Sterling Holloway, Cliff Edwards, Verna Felton

Released: 1941

Directed by: Wilfred Jackson, Samuel Armstrong, Bill Roberts, Ben Sharpsteen, Norm Ferguson, + more

Dumbo is an American animated film produced by Walt Disney Productions and premiered on October 23, 1941, by RKO Radio Pictures. Sound was recorded conventionally using the RCA System. One voice ...more

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Old Yeller is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Disney Movies That Will Make You Cry
Chuck Connors, Fess Parker, Dorothy McGuire

Released: 1957

Directed by: Robert Stevenson

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Coco is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Disney Movies That Will Make You Cry
Anthony Gonzalez, Gael Garcia Bernal, Benjamin Bratt

Directed by: Lee Unkrich

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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Toy Story 3 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Disney Movies That Will Make You Cry
Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg, Michael Keaton

Released: 2010

Directed by: Lee Unkrich

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Inside Out is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Disney Movies That Will Make You Cry
Amy Poehler, Diane Lane, Mindy Kaling

Released: 2015

Directed by: Pete Docter

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WALL-E is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Disney Movies That Will Make You Cry
Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Kathy Najimy

Released: 2008

Directed by: Andrew Stanton

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Homeward Bound: The Incr... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Disney Movies That Will Make You Cry
Sally Field, Michael J. Fox, Frank Welker

Released: 1993

Directed by: Duwayne Dunham

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Brother Bear is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Disney Movies That Will Make You Cry
Joaquin Phoenix, Pauley Perrette, Michael Clarke Duncan

Released: 2003

Directed by: Aaron Blaise, Robert A. Walker

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The Hunchback of Notre D... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Disney Movies That Will Make You Cry
Demi Moore, Kevin Kline, Jason Alexander

Released: 1996

Directed by: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise

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The Princess and the Fro... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Disney Movies That Will Make You Cry
Oprah Winfrey, John Goodman, Terrence Howard

Released: 2009

Directed by: Ron Clements, John Musker

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Frozen is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Disney Movies That Will Make You Cry
Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Alan Tudyk

Released: 2013

Directed by: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee

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