Recently, we witnessed the first time a foreign-language film to win the Best Picture awards at the Oscars (the Korean movie Parasite – go see it!). It was a big moment, and could open the way for foreign-language films to get more and more exposure in English-speaking countries. So knowing how to download subtitles for movies and TV shows may soon be a vital skill.
Luckily, it’s not a hard thing to do, and the following list of sites should have you covered for subtitles for just about any movie you may want to watch. Here are some of the best sites to get your hands on those subtitles.
Note: Many of these sites are ad-supported, and some of the ads can be quite intrusive. We recommend using an adblocker when visiting them.
1. Downsub (for Online Videos)
Most of the entries in this list will show how to download subtitle files for pretty much 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 others.
You simple enter the URL of the video into the box, then hit Download. While this is more about getting subtitles from videos than specific than entire movies or TV shows, if that movie or show happens to be on YouTube then this could be the best way to get subs for it.
2. English Subtitles
The frankly name English Subtitles has a repository of subtitles for thousands of movies from around the world, and from all eras. You’ll almost certainly find the subtitles you need for recent blockbusters, and may have some joy in finding subtitles for obscure French films from the 60s too.
There’s a huge amount of TV shows here too – including all Game of Thrones seasons and Good Girls.
It’s easy to use and navigate, and unlike many of the less reputable subtitle sites out there, is HTTPS secured. Not that you should be entering any personal info on there, but it’s still a welcome mark of site quality.
Podnapisi is one of the best sites for English subtitles on the Internet. New subtitles for new movies are uploaded every day, along with ratings from users to give you an idea of the quality of what you’ll be downloading.
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 latest ones to those from several decades ago, so you’re pretty much certain to find what you need.
Subscene is one of the most popular subtitle download sites, with a huge database of movies and popular shows from all over the world. Subtitles are added on a daily basis by its users as well as site owners and are available in many languages.
The site has a simple, user-friendly interface that allows users to filter the subtitles by language. And if you can’t find your desired subtitles, there is a “request subtitle” feature you can use to request for subtitles that are not in their database.
5. Subtitle Seeker
Subtitle Seeker takes a different approach to subtitle downloads. Rather than having its own collection of contributed subtitles (by site users), this site pulls in and combines results from over twenty subtitle download sites. It’s very comprehensive, and this makes it the best place to go if you can find your desired subtitles elsewhere.
The good thing about Subtitle Seeker is it’s a simple, user-friendly interface, which has been extolled by many users. On the main page you’ll find a search bar and sections for recent subtitles for both movies and TV shows.
TVSubtitles.Net is another great site you can rely on for downloading subtitles. This website has a clean interface that is easy to use. Subtitles are categorized into two categories: movies and TV shows. This makes it easier to find the subtitles you’re looking for. Also, if you have a subtitle file you’d love to share with others, the site makes it easy for you to do so.
OpenSubtitles has one of the biggest databases for subtitles on the Internet. The website is available on multiple languages, and you’re likely to find subtitles in any language. It also has a great search tool that lets you filter your searches by year, country, type/genre, season or episode. Their advanced search tool is among the best you’ll find online.
Not technically a website, but given that VLC is the most widely used video player on PCs and isn’t filled with oft-annoying ads like many websites tend to be, it’s worth mentioning.
Yes, using VLC you can download subtitles straight into whatever movie you’re watching at that moment. With the movie open, simply click View at the top of the VLC window, then click VLsub and search for that movie’s subtitles from there.
This article was updated in August 2020.