From the art-house classics to the middlebrow entertainments, the Russian films always have their unique energy and charm show to the audience. And this is also a good place to start if we want to have a glimpse into the culture of the Russian state or better our Russian language skills. But as beginners, we have to rely on the subtitles. So in the following article, I have gathered the best three Russian movie sites where you can watch Russian movies with English subtitles for free. An additional way to free download Russian movies from these sites is also offered here. Read on!
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People often say that YouTube is always the right site to begin with whenever you want to discover videos of a new category. That claim is true given that you can find a wealth of Russian movies on YouTube, especially if you search movie names in Russian. And many Russian films are available with English subtitles (some even with Russian subtitles). Yet, the quality of the subtitles is not always good, but at least understandable.
Besides directly searching for your wanted Russian movies, there are also several dedicated Russian film channels and playlist that are worth following. Check the recommendation list below:
Channels: FSUE Mosfilm Cinema Concern for classic Russian movies and TV shows with multi-lingual subtitles
StarMediaEN for high-quality Russian movies, TV series, documentaries, etc. with English subtitles
LFV for classic Soviet movies online with English subtitles
All soviet movies on RVISION for classic soviet films with English subtitles
Soviet Movies Online is a lovely website to watch free Russian movies online. With over 800 classic, popular, and rarely-seen Russian/Soviet films and TV shows carefully subbed into multiple languages, including English, it has something that you won’t get from other sites. And it has a beautiful web design that makes exploration a delight.
However, you are only allowed to free watch a part of the film. To access the full-length movie, you have to purchase one of the plans, which are all at reasonable prices.
Russian Film Hub is a relatively new entrant into the world of Russian and Soviet cinema. Created by a Russian Enthusiast Richard Wess, this site aims to help people improve their Russian language learning. But it is open to anyone who wants to watch Russian films online.
It has hundreds of Russian and Soviet titles spanning a hundred years and across genres for legally free watch. And almost all of them have English subtitles. You will have a wonderful time at this Russian streaming site.
If you want to download Russian movies from the above Russian streaming sites, that’s possible even though these sites only offer free Russian movies to watch online with no direct download button. The trick is to use a third-party video downloader, and getting the right movie downloader is half the battle.
Here I would recommend WonderFox Free HD Video Converter Factory. It is a safe and free application that takes a combination of converter and downloader. You can use it to download videos from basically any site, including the above-mentioned sites, and convert the movie to any format you like. And it is very easy to use. Follow the instructions below and begin to download Russian movies with this software:
Go to one of the Russian movie websites mentioned above, such as YouTube, and play your wanted Russian film. On the top address bar, copy the full-length URL of the playing video. (Or you can press “Ctrl + A” then “Ctrl + C.”)
Launch Free HD Video Converter Factory and open the “Downloader.” Click “+ New Download” and “Paste and Analyze” the copied URL in the downloader. When you see the download options show up, select your preferred download option. Next, under the options section, tick off “Original Subtitles” if you want to download subtitles and choose a target language from the right drop-down options. Then click “OK” to add it to the download list.
Tips: You can repeat this step to add more Russian films to the download list for later batch downloading. You can also analyze a YouTube playlist to download them all at once.
At the bottom of the workspace, click the inverted triangle to set an output path or leave it as default. When you are ready, hit “Download All” to start downloading.
That’s all for where to watch and how to download Russian movies with English subtitles. Hope you’ll find this article helpful. Thanks for reading!