As we already know, subtitles are captions displayed at the bottom of a cinema or TV screen to translate or transcribe dialogues and narratives. Language learners are the best way to learn words & slang when watching shows in a new language.
If you are not using a movie streaming service such as Netflix or Hulu, the movies you watch might not subtitle in your target language or, perhaps, no subtitles at all. But that does not have to be final because there are many websites for you to download them from and manually add to your best-loved movie-watching app.
As usual, I must provide you with a curated list of the best you can use. And many of them display subtitles in different languages & formats and with relevant ratings and comments.
OpenSubtitles is one of the most leading platforms for subtitles with north of 5 million subtitles in 50+ languages. Elmedia Player for Mac has integrated support that allows users to watch movies with subtitles without downloading them manually. Users can even upload subtitles, participate in a forum, make requests, install recommended browsers & extensions, and follow its blog.
Moreover, the new website features a simplified approach to finding subtitles. Users can also choose to search for subtitles using a movie or series title, IMDB ID, or go to their dedicated pages.
Podnapisi is the best platform for finding subtitles in different languages for movies and TV shows. Recently, it hosts 2,078,527 subtitles for 58,959 movies and 6,715 series in 100 languages, of which the community makes 61,697, and 00,235 are adapted for hearing impaired & hard-of-hearing (SDH) viewers!
Furthermore, Podnapisi uploads new subtitles every day, and you can search for subtitles by year, keywords, genre, or using the options in its advanced search engine. You can even choose to create a user account with them and engage in the forum to post questions, subtitles requests, etc.
3. YIFY Subtitles
YIFY Subtitles is the subtitle-dedicated platform owned by YTS (a.k.a YIFY Torrents), a P2P group famous for distributing movies via BitTorrent. Unlike most of their competitors, YTS uploads were in HD and maintained a small file size.
Moreover, YIFY Subtitles features a clean, dark-mode UI, and its users are welcome to search for subtitles by using keywords, year of release, languages, genres, and popularity. All subtitles are piracy & ad-free. Unlike other options in the list, though, you cannot make any requests or join forums.
Subscene is a sort of website I call an old-timer. This site has been serving users with subtitles in various languages for free since 2005 with the option for users to make their subtitle uploads, participate in the forum, and also request subtitles in different target languages. Besides, for these extra options, however, a user account is required.
Subscene has a light & dark mode for its UI, and apart from movie and TV show subtitles, you can also download subtitles for popular music videos to sing along with your pals.
Addic7ed is another best one-stop hub for downloading movie & TV show subtitles. It does not have the fanciest UI, but its organization is on point. My favorite feature is its option to show movie and TV show air dates with new releases prominently displayed at the top of the page in an RSS feed.
Users can request subtitles, upload theirs, participate in forums, and also offer to join the development team. The only downside with Addic7ed is that you must be logged in to complete downloads. While the subtitles & user accounts are free, downloading subtitles creates a ‘free’ account.
English-subtitles is an excellent platform with the most extensive collection of English subtitles, and it has been gathering subtitles for both movies & TV shows since 2015. Additionally, it features a simple dark mode UI with options for users to search using keywords or the linked lists displayed on the homepage.
iSubtitles enables users to search for movie subtitles by title, release year, genre, or anything using its simplified UI. There is a list of trendy movies with their subtitle count on its homepage, and if you wish, you can browse movies by country, language, and genre.
Furthermore, since it opened in 2015, iSubtitles has indexed 68,573 movies & 1,584,090 subtitles. You are sure to find what you’re wondering about here.
SubDivX is one of the largest free, legal databases to use subtitles and accessible from video players and media centers (e.g., Kodi). Additionally, users with permission to share subtitles can make uploads, & others can participate in the forums.
Apart from that, you can browse for subtitles using the listed query links (e.g., most commented), and while its user interface is far from the best, you will get the hang of it after using it once or twice.
Modern video players have a built-in feature that allows users to download subtitles without leaving the app. Elmedia Player for macOS & VLC Media Player is the best example. In VLC, activate the subtitles from the menu View > VLsub.
There are numerous famous websites where you can download subtitles, but I have excluded them from this list because they don’t use proper encryption methods (e.g., no SSL certificate). The odds are that you would have found the subtitles you need before you get past #8.
But if for curiosity purposes you need to check out some others, here is a list of the most leading and popular ones:
So, these are the 8 best and top-rated websites for downloading TV Series & Movie subtitles. You are welcome to suggest secure and reliable suggestions in the discussion box below.