Ask Disney Adulting: What is the Saddest Disney Movie?

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Disney movies are mostly known for happy endings, but there are many Disney films that brought tears to even the toughest out there. We scoured the interest, asked Disney fans, and examined reviews to put together the ultimate list of the saddest scenes to help you watch each one and determine the saddest Disney movie.

Brother Bear

Kenai explaining to Koda what happened to his mother.

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When Elsa locked herself away in her room and broke Anna’s heart.

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When a hunter kills Bambi’s mother, leaving the young fawn alone.

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The Black Cauldron

The sacrifice of Gurgi to save everyone.

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Pretty much the ENTIRE first 10-minutes of this movie.

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When Dumbo’s chained up mother reaches her trunk through the bars to comfort him.

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The Lion King

When Scar murdered Simba’s father Mufasa, and blamed Simba for his death.

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Beauty and the Beast

When Belle cries over the Beast while he’s dying.

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Toy Story 3

The toys facing their doom in the incinerator.

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The Fox and the Hound

The sad look on Tod’s face when Widow Tweed abandons him in the woods.

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame

When Quasimodo is crowned the King of Fools.

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Meet the Robinsons

Lewis’ trip to the orphanage.

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Finding Nemo

When a barracuda kills Nemo’s Mother and all his siblings.

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Old Yeller

Travis shoots Old Yeller. (We’ll never get over this one.)

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The Little Mermaid

When King Triton sacrifices himself to take Ariel’s place.

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When Maleficent loses her wings.

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Homeward Bound

When Shadow falls into a hole and begs to be left behind.

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Toy Story 2

When Jesse is abandoned and left alone.

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Lady and the Tramp

When poor Trusty is hit by a car and all the dogs gather to mourn.

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Which Disney movies do you think is the saddest? Comment below and let us know.


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