10 Kids Movies That Were Way Sadder Than You Realize

When we think back on the movies we watched as child, we imagine that the sadness we felt while watching them was due to us being inexperienced. We can’t imagine that now, as rational adults, we could feel as sad over a deer dying, or a young girl having to say goodbye to her best friend. Watching these movies again as an adult, it may surprise you that these films are still super depressing. Next time you’re in need of a good cry-fest, reach for these kid’s movies that are actually way sadder than you realize.

1. My Girl

A beautiful coming of age story, this film tells the story of Vada, an 11-year-old girl who has to learn about adulthood on her own after her mother dies. She befriends a young boy named Thomas, and with his help, she begins to trust other people again. One of the saddest scenes in the movie is when Thomas dies from an allergic reaction after being stung by bees. Vada goes to his funeral, and shows how much Thomas affected her when she tries to give his mother comfort. Cue the waterworks.

2. Bambi

Even though most Disney movies feature lead characters who are either orphans or being raised by a single parent, Bambi was the first film where a major character’s death is part of the story. Generation after generation of children were emotionally scarred for life after seeing this film for the first time.

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3. The Lion King

This gorgeous movie has to be one of the best animated films of all time. Simba’s story is mostly uplifting, but it’s easy to forget the saddest part of the story, which happens fairly early on. Simba watches his father die in front of him, and is publicly blamed by his uncle for his death. He runs away from home, and finds himself along the way, helped out by sidekicks Timon and Pumbaa. Simba’s journey is beautiful, but it’s easy to forgot the catalyst for why he left in the first place.

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