Do you love watching foreign movies? If you do, you may find that it’s not always easy to find the ones that you want to watch. While many subscription services have added more foreign movies to their catalogues, they still don’t have a huge selection. Fortunately, there are a number of different websites and services where you can find foreign movies on the internet, so if one doesn’t offer the films you want, perhaps another one will. Here are seven different websites that have a good number of foreign films and are of very good quality. While many of them do require a subscription fee, they are reasonably priced, and you can cancel at any time.
Netflix is one of the top online streaming services in existence today, and they do have a good number of foreign titles available. Some of these films are available streaming, while others are only available via DVD that the company mails you. Netflix does have films from many different countries, and while they are all available with English subtitles, some are actually available dubbed in English as well (you can select which audio option you want). The service does switch up its offerings on a monthly basis, too, so it’s always a good idea to follow their blog to see which foreign films are about to be removed from streaming and which ones are going to be added.
Netflix is available on a large number of devices, including the following:
- Gaming systems such as the PlayStation, the Xbox, and the Nintendo Wii/Wii U.
The second major site here is YouTube. It’s primarily a service for users to upload their own videos, but YouTube itself has started streaming various TV shows and movies through a subscription or rental basis. You may be able to find copies of films that users have uploaded, but the quality on these may not be that great, and some may be broken up into multiple parts or may be missing scenes. You’ll find that the site has foreign films from China, France, Germany, Japan, Russia, Italy, and more. Like with Netflix, these films are available with English subtitles. You can leave comments on some of the films, allowing for discussion with other viewers. Some films have had comments disabled, however.
3. Asian Crush
Asian Crush is the place to go to watch Asian movies online. The site has a large number of films from Japan, China, and Korea. In
addition to streaming many of these movies, the site also offers news pertaining to Asian films and the Asian film industry. The site arranges its movies by categories, so it’s very easy to browse. In addition to categories like “date night” and “action packed,” they also have “trending” and “IMDB hits” that make it easy to find something new.
Fandor is similar to other subscription streaming services, but it has a much narrower focus than Netflix or YouTube. Fandor offers classic, indie, cult, and foreign films only. Their library includes a large number of international movies from all around the world. You can select your movie from the region, or you can browse their collections via a number of different categories. The service is available through Amazon Kindle, smart phones and tablets, and Roku. Half of every subscription fee is invested in filmmakers and in indie movies, so this is also a way to give back to the industry.
MUBi is yet another subscription service that is a little different from Netflix. The site streams 30 movies at a time and offers viewers the chance to chat with others while they do so. It’s like a streaming site merged with social networking. There’s often one free film available, and there’s one movie removed from the paid offerings and one new movie added every day. Not all of these films are foreign movies, but a number of them are. While their offerings are limited, this is an interesting service for the film buff who likes to discuss cinema.
Archive.org is one of the more limited streaming sites out there. While their movie archive does have films in a variety of different languages and from different countries, there aren’t a lot of movies per country. However, the Archive is a non-profit and does not charge for access to its films. This is a good place to start your foreign film journey, but be warned that the movie collection is not categorized very well, and it may take you some time to find what you’re looking for. Many of these films are older movies, too. Still, with almost 20,000 movies available, you’re likely to find something to enjoy.
Finally, there’s the Academic Video Store. This subscription-based service includes a number of films provided by Alexander Street Press. While the collection was initially offered for educational institutions, you do not have to be affiliated with a school or university to create an account. The site has a number of different film collections, including Asian Film Online, The Criterion Collection, and other foreign films.
Which Sitedo you Like?
Have you used one of these streaming sites to watch foreign films? If you have, what did you think of it? If not, do you have your own site that you prefer? We’d love to know what you think of these streaming services or learn about any other ones.