What better day to watch the greatest but saddest animal movies of all time than National Wildlife Day? The holiday, created to remember animal adventurer and conservationist Steve Irwin, is on Sept. 4 and is really putting us in the mood to watch a film that makes us bawl and hold our pets a little tighter.
Most of us can remember the trauma of seeing Bambi for the first time or having our spirits lifted by The NeverEnding Story. The animal-human connection is incredibly powerful, primal even, and these movies prove it. Don’t forget the popcorn and definitely don’t forget the tissues.