15 Disney Movie Moments That Always Make Us Cry

Disney movies can make you feel all kinds of feels.Your emotions really run the gamut — Happiness, suspense, fear, joy, surprise, sadness. And of course, all these emotions make us laugh, smile, gasp, and even cry.

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No matter how many times we’ve seen them, certain Disney moments always make us cry –sometimes out of sadness, sometimes out of joy. But either way, these 15 moments have us reaching for the tissues.

Warning: get your tissues ready.

1. When Mufasa Dies in The Lion King

Evil Scar. Falling Mufasa. Crying Simba. When he says “Dad?” and nuzzles up to him it’s literally too much for my heart.

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2. Bing Bong’s Goodbye in Inside Out

If it isn’t enough that Bing Bong is sacrificing himself for Joy and Riley, this line turns on the waterworks.

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3. When Shadow makes it at the end of Homeward Bound

Remember this one? When you see Sassy and Chance reunite with their owners, but you aren’t sure if Shadow made it out of the mud pit? (You’re holding your breath just thinking about it!) And then Peter says, “It was too far. He was just too old.”? And then he limps up to the top of the hill and runs to his boy? I am literally crying writing this right now.

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4. When Belle tells the Beast she loves him in Beauty and the Beast

Another doozy. Belle comes back to the castle and sees the Beast get stabbed by Gaston. The Beast’s last words are “At least I got to see you, one last time.” She then weeps over him and says “Please, don’t leave me. I love you” as rain (and MAGIC!) splashes down around them. SOB.

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5. When the Toys are Headed to the Incinerator in Toy Story 3

After a few moments of struggling to climb the trash mountain, the toys realize it’s hopeless and hold hands and accept their fate together. It’s beautiful, and even though I know they’ll be okay (now), I still cry and hold my breath.

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6. When Koda finds out what happened to his mom in Brother Bear

“I don’t like this story.” ME NEITHER, KODA.

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7. “Baby Mine” in Dumbo

*sobs forever thinking about Baby Dumbo reaching for his mother’s trunk* Enough said.

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8. When Team USA Defeats The Soviet Union in Miracle

“Do you believe in miracles?” I don’t know; do you believe I am crying? Because I am, and I do.

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9. When Widow Tweed has to drop Tod off in The Fox and the Hound

Poor baby Tod’s face when he realizes he’s not going. Ugh, my heart. (And all of my abandonment issues, hush.)

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10. When the Emperor (and all of China) bow to Mulan

“You have saved us all.” Yes, she did! Anyone else have chills just looking at this gif?

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11. When Dory begs Marlin to stay with her in Finding Nemo

“Please don’t go away…when I look at you, I’m home.” (…and I’m crying.)

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12. When Julius visits Gerry after his car accident in Remember the Titans

After a rocky start, these two overcome the odds and become family. And as if the team waiting outside for the news about Gerry wasn’t enough, his greeting to Julius is enough to make anyone cry.

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13. When Flynn tells Rapunzel she was his new dream in Tangled

This is after he gives up his chance to be healed in order to save Rapunzel from Mother Gothel, so yeah, it’s a lot to take in.

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14. When Bambi realizes his Mother didn’t make it in Bambi

“We made it mother! Mother?” WHY, WALT, WHY??!

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And of course

15. The Carl and Ellie “Married Life” Montage in Up

From the wedding to the miscarriage to the funeral, Pixar made me cry more in these five minutes than I ever thought possible. If you don’t at least tear up in the beginning of Up, I will assume your heart is made of stone.

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Well, that enough emotional trauma for one day. Which of these scenes always makes you cry? Let us know in the comments!

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Molly is a lifelong Disney enthusiast, and former Walt Disney World Guest Relations Cast Member and tour guide. Her Walt Disney World favorites include Festival of the Lion King, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Fantasmic!, Mickey-shaped pretzels and rice krispie treats, and anything with Buzz Lightyear! She lives in Orlando with her husband (who she met in Guest Relations) and their two rescue dogs, Kronk and Cruella de Vil (Ella for short!)

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7 Replies to “15 Disney Movie Moments That Always Make Us Cry”

  1. When Ariel, saved from drowning by Sebastian and Flounder, breaks through the waves and takes her first breath as a human.

    The first glimpse of a merperson in The Little Mermaid.

    When Stitch hopes the Ugly Duckling is a guide for how to find your family, sits down in the forest clearing and says, “I’m lost,” plaintively and hopefully. (oh god I’m losing it right now)

    When Jim Hawkins realizes he can save the ship by constructing a skyglider to fly ahead and switch the portal (yes! I cry at that moment!).

    When Nemo, reunited with his dad, makes sure the first thing he says to him is, “Dad! Dad, I don’t hate you!” And you realize that was the last thing Nemo had said to Marlin before he was caught and taken away, and Nemo’s been carrying that ALL THIS TIME.

    And a shout-out to the now-gone Tarzan Rocks show in Animal Kingdom: I dunno why, but every flipping time I saw that I cried through about the first 3/4 of the show. Something about the music done live with the dancers and acrobats got me every time.

  2. The ending scene of Toy Story 3 when Andy leaves for college and leaves his friends behind with Bonnie. I can’t even DESCRIBE it do anyone without starting to cry! Ughhhh..

  3. All of the above but my biggest weepy moment is when Jiminy Cricket signs” When you wish upon a Star” even writing this I have tears.