Recently, we witnessed the first time that a foreign language film won Best Picture at the Oscars (the Korean film Parasite – go see it!). It was a great moment, and could pave the way for foreign language films to gain more and more visibility in English speaking countries. So knowing how to download subtitles for movies and TV shows might soon be a vital skill.
Fortunately, that’s not a difficult thing to do, and the following list of sites should have you covered for subtitles for just about any movie you might want to watch. Here are some of the best sites to get your hands on these subtitles.
Note: Many of these sites are ad-supported, and some of these ads can be quite intrusive. We recommend that you use an adblocker when visiting them.
1. Downsub (for online videos)
Most of the entries on this list will show how to download subtitle files for just about any movie or TV show you can think of, but this site does things a little differently. Downsub generates and downloads subtitle files for videos from YouTube, Vlive, Viki, Hotstar and many more.
You just enter the URL of the video in the box and then hit download. While it’s more about getting subtitles from videos than specifics rather than entire movies or TV shows, if that movie or show is on YouTube, it might be the best way. to get subtitles.
2. English subtitles
The name frankly English subtitles has a repository of subtitles for thousands of films from around the world and from all eras. You will almost certainly find the subtitles you need for recent blockbusters, and you might have some joy in finding subtitles for obscure 60s French films.
There is also a huge amount of TV shows here, including all seasons of Game of Thrones and Good Girls.
It’s easy to use and navigate, and unlike most lesser-known subtitle sites, HTTPS is secure. Not that you have to enter any personal information on it, but it’s always a welcome mark of the site’s quality.
Podnapisi is one of the best English subtitle sites on the internet. New subtitles for new movies are uploaded every day, along with user ratings to give you an idea of how good you are going to download.
You can search for subtitles by keywords, years, movie types and several other categories using the advanced search engine. There are subtitles for TV series as well as movies ranging from the most recent to those from decades ago, so you’re pretty sure you’ll find what you need.
Substage is one of the most popular subtitle download sites, with a huge database of popular movies and shows from all over the world. Subtitles are added daily by its users as well as by site owners and are available in many languages.
The site has a simple and user-friendly interface that allows users to filter subtitles by language. And if you can’t find the subtitles you want, there is a “request subtitle” feature that you can use to request subtitles that are not in their database.
5. Subtitle finder
Subtitle Finder takes a different approach to caption downloads. Rather than having its own collection of contributed subtitles (by site users), this site extracts and combines results from over twenty subtitle download sites. It’s very comprehensive, and that makes it the best place to go if you can find the subtitles you want elsewhere.
The great thing about Subtitle Seeker is that it is a simple and user-friendly interface, which has been touted by many users. On the main page, you will find a search bar and sections for recent movie and TV shows subtitles.
TVSubtitles.Net is another great site that you can rely on for downloading subtitles. This website has a clean and easy to use interface. Subtitles are classified into two categories: Movies and TV Shows. This makes it easier to find the subtitles you are looking for. Plus, if you have a subtitle file that you’d like to share with others, the site makes it easy for you.
OpenSubtitles has one of the largest closed caption databases on the internet. The website is available in multiple languages, and you will likely find subtitles in any language. It also has a great search tool that allows you to filter your searches by year, country, type / genre, season or episode. Their advanced search tool is some of the best you’ll find online.
It’s not technically a website, but given that VLC is the most used video player on PCs and isn’t filled with often annoying ads like many websites tend to be, it’s worth worth mentioning.
Yes, using VLC you can download subtitles directly into the movie you are watching at the time. With the movie open, just click View at the top of the VLC window, then click VLsub and find that movie’s subtitles from there.
Want to learn more with VLC? Here’s how to use VLC to transcode media files, and here’s a short guide on how to use your Android phone as a VLC remote.
This article was updated in August 2020.
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