Subtitles may not be the optimal way to watch a movie, but often they’re a necessary evil. Whether you’re hard of hearing, in a loud environment, or simply watching a film in a foreign language, you’ll need subtitles.
Thankfully, the good denizens of the Internet have gone through the effort to create subtitle files for pretty much every movie in existence. You just need to go out and grab them. Here are the best websites (and other sources) for downloading movie 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. 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 recent 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.
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 movie 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.
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.
This article is updated in April 2020.