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20 Kids Movies That Will Make You Ugly Cry

By julieminer |

You know you cried.

A couple of months ago, I made a comment on Facebook about how if Pixar didn’t stop making me ugly cry, I was going to lose my schmidt. I had just finished watching Toy Story 3 and during the last ten minutes of that movie I sobbed so hard my kids thought I needed professional help.

What started as an off-handed Facebook comment about me being a big cry baby turned into a discussion about the saddest kids movies ever made. Some of them are obviously tissue-worthy, but others sneak up on you and WHAM! You’re blubbering and like “Where did THAT come from?”

Let’s get started:

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Saddest Kid Movies That Make Mommy Cry

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I was not expecting the first ten minutes of this movie. The scenes about the old man's wonderful wife and their life together? HEARTBREAKING.

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Julie W. Miner writes the blog Rants from Mommyland. She has three kids, a long-suffering husband, a very naughty dog and a geriatric, ill-tempered cat. In addition to blogging, she teaches at a college she couldn’t have gotten into because she made bad choices in high school. Read bio and latest posts → Read Julie's latest posts →

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21 thoughts on “20 Kids Movies That Will Make You Ugly Cry

  1. Heather says:

    You HAD to bring up “My Girl”? I was never a big movie crier (was the “cry-baby” in elementary school and was therefore trained to avoid crying at all costs), but I lost it during the scene when they tell Vada what happened to Thomas J, when she makes a scene at his funeral. Okay, I’m almost crying now thinking about it. I still have a soft spot for this movie for having a heroine that was off the beaten path and a little bit “weird”.

  2. laci says:

    omg i thought i was the only that cried at the end of toy story 3..and toy story 2 when jesse was donated (when she loved me)!!

  3. Danielle says:

    You forgot homeward bound, where the old golden retriever falls into the hole and it looks like he won’t make it home to “his boy”…

  4. Tricia says:

    How about “Meet the Robinsons?” We watched that in the car and I think I may have traumatized my kids with my ugly cry at the end. I just tried to EXPLAIN to my mom why I traumatized her grandkids on the way there and how it was so sad (but such a beautiful statement about how life works out) at the end – and I was tearing up again. Or am I the only one who sobbed at this?

    P.S. My mom was very understanding as we saw My Girl in the theater together when I was a kid and lets just say, people stared. I’d liken the sound to a donkey having an asthma attack.

  5. Luna says:

    My husband cried at Bridge to Terabithia. Seriously, I’ve seen him cry 4 times in our 20 years together. That was one of them. I am *so* glad I didn’t go to that movie. I’d still be weeping.

  6. Kristina says:

    You made my cry just reading through this…and remembering all of those sad moments…and somehow it made me want to watch them all again!!

  7. debra says:

    Old Yeller, oh my goodness. Saw it when I was like 6. I can’t even read the book without weeping much less watch the movie again. or how about The Yearling? the boy has to shoot his pet. Dear God, I despise that movie

  8. Myranda says:

    I’m with Kristina, just reading this made me cry! I haven’t seen all of these movies but I’ve seen most of them and I cried at every one of them. I just rewatched Kung Fu Panda 2 this weekend and I was crying again. When I saw Marley and Me in the theater my friends and I were just sobbing. I won’t even watch the ending any more. I had my father take me to Toy Story 3 for my 20th birthday and he still doesn’t understand why I was crying. I’m a very sympathetic crier…I cry reading books, I cry watching TV (even commercials sometimes), I cry watching movies, and when someone is crying I start crying.

  9. Kris says:

    I was soo surprised when Kung fu panda 2 ending up making my cry almost hysterically. I think when I know something sad is coming it doesn’t effect me as much but when it just seeks up on me I just get hysterical. Also thanks for the heads up on we bought a zoo because I thought it was a comedy/ family too.

  10. Leigh says:

    You forgot the Princess and the Frog. My sister in law and I went to see this in the theatre, and I’m very glad there were no children there for us to frighten. Not because of the main two, but because of Ray and Evangeline. At the end? When there are two stars? ::sob::

  11. HRM's mom says:

    Ok the first 10 mins of UP make me sob not just cry but the shoulder bobbing sobbing that you just can’t take, also the end when he looks at the scrapbook oh my goodness. My grandparents took me to the theater to see the Fox and the Hound when it 1st came out (yep I am that old) and they thought they were going to have to take me straight to therapy afterwards.

  12. Christina says:

    My 6 year old son refuses to watch Toy Story 3. The first time he saw it he was hysterical crying. He tried to watch it a second time and got choked up again and ran out of the room yelling, “I’m never watching that movie again!”

  13. Emily Grady says:

    How about Where the Wild Things Are? My KIDS cried the ugly cry!!!! Except on them it’s cute.

  14. Quinn says:

    I’m sad that Land Before Time wasn’t on here. When Littlefoot’s mom dies it is devastating.

  15. Rebecca says:

    Three bars into “baby mine” from Dumbo and I can feel the tears building, by the end I’m a wreck trying to convince my busy toddler to let me rock him!

  16. Jaymi says:

    What about Mars Needs Moms? The “helmet” scene…{CHOKE SOB}

  17. Rachel says:

    I’m with Jaymi and the helmet seen, just thinking about it brings tears to my eyes. My mother died I was 3 so mommy death is a big trigger for me.

  18. Shaunte says:

    My Girl should be on this list. The funeral scene. Oh my gosh. To this day I stil bawl my eyes out! The first time I saw it as a little girl I cried so loud I moved seats because I was embarassed. And Man in the Moon (Man on the Moon?) With super young Reese Witherspoon. MAN!! That one, also. My daughters cry on both.

  19. Shaunte says:

    I am such a nerd! I don’t know how I skipped passed My Girl. Didn’t see it the first time I looked!

  20. Mrsimmler says:

    I ciried to Pan’s Labyrinth, love it but it was such a sad movie. Maybe not suited for all children but still great and intrigues the mind.

  21. rylea says:

    Okay, I seriously thought I was the only one who cried in all of these movies. And The Fox and the Hound was tramatic for me.

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