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Miss-Teen-South-Carolina-SubtitlesWatching foreign films is hard enough without anyone breaking out into a dialect or using technical slang. If you want to understand what’s being said, you either have to turn up your speakers (your neighbors won’t like that), or find yourself some decent subtitles.

With videos on your computer, you can add subtitles yourself, even if they aren’t available by default. We’ve already told you how to add subtitles to a movie or TV series How To Add Subtitles To A Movie Or TV Series How To Add Subtitles To A Movie Or TV Series Read More , with a software overlay or by burning it in the video, but we never quite told you which are the best subtitle sites to get those subtitles.


Sure, a Google search will yield some results and almost always works. But it’s better to have a source you can thoroughly rely on, to provide quality, diverse and multilingual subtitles. For your reference, below are some of the most exceptional subtitle sites.

Know Your Subtitles

But first, here are two things you need to know about subtitles.

Subtitles can exist in a lot of different file formats. The most common nowadays is SRT, a text file with special time tags. Most software will play all popular subtitle formats, unless specified otherwise.

For one specific movie or show episode, there can exist multiple subtitles. Not all of these will work. Different releases will sometimes skip the flashbacks, or include the introduction. The presence of these, or absence thereof, will upset the whole timing. Put down the (release) name of your video, and use it to find a suitable match.

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Subscene

From all the best subtitle sites over the web, Subscene stands out. Use it once, and you’ll be hooked. Aside from looking great, it has an incredibly user-friendly and reliable interface, and offers pretty much all the subtitles you need.

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Subtitles are grouped by movies or show seasons. You don’t search for subtitles, but for those pages. Once you’re there, you can scan the page or use a simple (Ctrl+F) to find what you need. Languages can be chosen by specifying a language filter and selecting up to three preferred languages. The filter will stay into account during the rest of this and future visits of the site.

OpenSubtitles

In many respects, OpenSubtitles is similar to Subscene. Once again, you’ve got a large multilingual database of subtitles, which are grouped by movie and TV series. There are a few different accents that differentiate OpenSubtitles.

The languages are specified during search, or not at all, and the site has an overall less intuitive interface. On the other hand, OpenSubtitles has a slightly bigger offering of subtitles.

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You should give both a try and see which feels like the best subtitle site. Both are undeniably on equal grounds, offering large quantities of subtitles in an incredible amount of languages.

Subtitles.Images.O2.CZ

I’ve got a love-hate affair with this site, as should you. I think I can safely say that subtiles.images.o2.cz has one of the least user friendly sites I’ve ever encountered. In that respect, this site is complete garbage. So, heavens, why has it been featured as one of the top three subtitle sites?

As bad as the interface is, the jaw dropping offer of subtitles is even better. Whenever you can’t find a subtitle file elsewhere, you better head to subtitles.images.o2.cz. It won’t be a nice trip, but it’s the only place that has those hard to find subtitles. You name it, this site has it. You just need to find it.

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The reason behind this terrible interface is that they use a badly customized Google search to search the site. Be sure to include the language and – if possible – release of the movie in the query, because the results aren’t mighty specific.

What site do you use, and why? Do you think you will switch having tried these alternatives? Tell us all about it in the comments section below.

  1. Ali Qadar
    August 15, 2016 at 1:25 am

    i need english subtitles for Karadayi season 3 (turkish drama) but these are not available anywhere. is t possible to create my own subtitles from scratch if i do not understand the language.

  2. Mohammad
    February 25, 2016 at 3:06 pm

    I use 1sub.org for get new subtitles.

  3. DSpider
    February 9, 2016 at 10:49 pm

    OpenSubtitles can suck it. There's a window popping up everytime I click the search bar, and after I close that one, it redirects the previous tab with the actual website to another website about penile enlargments that looks like a blog (wtf?) which CANNOT be closed. After I click the tab's "X" button a poppup appears with "Really leave this page" or some kind bullcrap. No. NO, THANKS. OpenSubtitles is rubbish.

  4. admin3
    August 25, 2015 at 2:47 am

    There's also subtitlesfree.com, way better than the others.

    • Kelsie Frey
      July 31, 2016 at 10:35 pm

      Are you trying to put a virus on your computer its a malware site

  5. John
    January 25, 2015 at 8:14 pm

    Opensubtitles is so, so shitty... You can never get your file and they try to send you to shaddy websites ... To avoid

  6. kimme
    March 30, 2010 at 11:21 am

    For TV subtutles there is also addic7ed.com that has the most recent TV series as srt files available. like The Pacific.

  7. Kimme Utsi
    March 30, 2010 at 1:21 am

    For TV subtutles there is also addic7ed.com that has the most recent TV series as srt files available. like The Pacific.

  8. 7g
    March 20, 2010 at 4:20 am

    http://subtitles.yedincigemi.com/ - English subtitles and movie database
    http://sinema.yedincigemi.com/ - English and Turkish subtitles

  9. 7g
    March 20, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    http://subtitles.yedincigemi.c... - English subtitles and movie database
    http://sinema.yedincigemi.com/ - English and Turkish subtitles

  10. Adam Su
    February 19, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    For simplified and traditional Chinese subs (and many times English subs as well) try shooter.cn (The site does not have an English interface, only Chinese, but searching by the English movie title works quite well.)

  11. Adam Su
    February 20, 2010 at 3:43 am

    For simplified and traditional Chinese subs (and many times English subs as well) try shooter.cn (The site does not have an English interface, only Chinese, but searching by the English movie title works quite well.)

  12. Tom Alex
    February 19, 2010 at 11:31 am

    Even i think Opensubtitles is better than Subscene

    I always check in Opensubtitles then subscene then google

  13. bubs353
    February 19, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    Tvsubtitles.net and Addic7ed.com for subtitles of Tv shows

  14. bubs353
    February 19, 2010 at 9:51 am

    Tvsubtitles.net and Addic7ed.com for subtitles of Tv shows

  15. infamous
    February 19, 2010 at 7:56 am

    The best one i know is 5sub.com. it is like google for subtitles.

  16. infamous
    February 19, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    The best one i know is 5sub.com. it is like google for subtitles.

  17. Julio
    February 17, 2010 at 6:44 am

    For brazilians, the best is the Legendas.TV

  18. A2f
    February 17, 2010 at 6:00 am
  19. Rahul
    February 17, 2010 at 10:37 am

    Come on guys!.
    A lot of good websites have been missed out.
    http://www.podnapisi.net/
    http://www.allsubs.org/

    And how can you miss out the Sublight software when you discuss subtitles?
    Check http://www.sublight.si/

    Buckle up!

  20. Rahul
    February 17, 2010 at 1:37 am

    Come on guys!.
    A lot of good websites have been missed out.
    http://www.podnapisi.net/
    http://www.allsubs.org/

    And how can you miss out the Sublight software when you discuss subtitles?
    Check http://www.sublight.si/

    Buckle up!

    • Simon Slangen
      February 17, 2010 at 4:39 am

      Sublight looks awesome, thanks!

  21. dan
    February 16, 2010 at 5:08 pm
  22. WhACKO
    February 16, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    For TV subtitles, the obvious choice would be http://www.tvsubtitles.net/ it's a little weird not seeing it on the list. One of the best things about it is that you can download the entire season subtitles in one zip!

  23. dan
    February 17, 2010 at 2:08 am
  24. Liface
    February 16, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    OpenSubtitles is superior to SubScene, IMO.

  25. WhACKO
    February 17, 2010 at 1:45 am

    For TV subtitles, the obvious choice would be http://www.tvsubtitles.net/ it's a little weird not seeing it on the list. One of the best things about it is that you can download the entire season subtitles in one zip!

  26. Bonui
    February 16, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    Hi,

    I'm french and I'm looking for one website where I can watch movies with english subtitles directly in the video.

    Do you have any adresses like that ?

    Thanks ;)

    • Bonui
      February 16, 2010 at 12:18 pm

      PS : I'm looking for a website with streaming videos

    • Simon Slangen
      February 16, 2010 at 7:02 pm

      Use one of the above sites to find your subtitle file, and use this article (first mentioned in the article) to lay it over your video.

  27. CGA
    February 16, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    Subtitleseeker.com fetches results from almost all subtitle sites, very good.

  28. CGA
    February 16, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    Subtitleseeker.com fetches results from almost all subtitle sites, very good.

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