Top 10 Animal Tearjerkers
Killer Whales shouldn’t be this cute. Free Willy became a box-office smash thanks to its picture perfect portrayal of the relationship between boy and animal as a baby orca is taken from his pod by opportunistic whalers.
The tale of a proud creature imprisoned and sent to a world in which he simply doesn’t belong, King Kong resonates – begging questions about slavery; race; and desire. Peter Jackson’s 2005 effort, with Naomi Watts as Ann Darrow is very effective.
Marley & Me
Based on the novel of the same name and starring Jennifer Aniston & Owen Wilson this adaptation is highly regarded as a modern-day tear-inducer. The adorable Marley is the heart and soul of the family and the mischievous pet we grow to love.
The heartbreaking tale of Black Beauty is one which has been told and seen by many generations and continues to break hearts on a constant basis.
Dogs are said to be man’s best friend and this message doesn’t come any truer than in the timeless Lassie movies.
Fly Away Home
A much loved family classic starring Oscar-winner Anna Paquin, this film sees a father bond with his traumatized young daughter by helping her lead a band of orphaned Canadian Geese back to their home before the winter closes in.
The Lion King
Whether it’s the devastating demise of Simba’s beloved father Mufasa or the Machiavellian Scar horribly convincing Simba that it was his entire fault, the film always manages to tear you up inside.
The original animal tearjerker. Disney’s first film about a boy’s love for his beloved dog is not just regarded as classic Disney but also as an all-time American classic.
A rite of passage in every Briton’s childhood. The animated tale of rabbits on the run has been leaving kids of all ages in tears for 35 years now.
Always topping the tear-jerker polls (animal-based or otherwise) and just about the saddest film in history, it’s the great Disney classic Bambi. The young deer’s story continues to touch generations of young fans long after its 1942 release.