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Access Netflix Secret Movie Categories

You have cozily settled on a couch, dimmed the lights and got some snacks – yep, sounds like you’re all set for some Netflix and chill. But here comes the tricky part – what should you watch? You want something specific, but you don’t know what exactly. A retro comedy from the 1980s? A scary movie featuring sharks? Or a classic thriller? Probably we all have been there. Browsing through the general categories doesn’t make it any easier and trying to find a goldmine can kill a great amount of time. Good news is, there is a hack – Netflix secret codes.

What are Netflix secret codes?

It appears that the extensive Netflix library is categorized into micro-genres. You have probably encountered those among your recommendations as personalized picks. However, it is not that easy to access the content you see suggested on your home screen by simply browsing through the broad genre categories.

The “altgenres”

In fact, Netflix has tens of thousands of extremely precise sub-genres that go far beyond the general lists, such as Comedies, Dramas or Thrillers. What do you think about picking something from Heartfelt Tearjerkers, Campy Zombie Movies, or Film Noir instead? Or, maybe something from Mind-Bending Fantasy Movies, Quirky Independent Movies Based on Books, or Scary Italian Crime Movies from the 1970s?

The number of options available is truly mind-blowing. Netflix has more than 70,000 micro-genres you never knew existed. But how did the streaming service provider manage to organize its content to the very extreme?

Here’s for the curious ones: there is a combo of human intelligence and machine intelligence involved, the story published in The Atlantic reveals. As it appears, Netflix hired a bunch of people to watch, rate and tag nearly all TV shows and movies imaginable. It was all about gathering metadata about every piece of content: movie endings, plots, featured locations, jobs of the main characters – almost everything and everyone had to be tagged. They even created documented guidelines, called “Netflix Quantum Theory,” to assure the integrity of the assessment.

Needless to say, the amount of data gathered was massive. And this is where engineers stepped in. With some magic of algorithms, the media content was divided into tens of thousands of alternate micro-genres, or, if we speak the language of Netflix, the “altgenres.”

The Netflix genre codes

Thanks to the “altgenres,” Netflix can offer you highly personalized content on your home screen. Luckily, you can make use of it the other way around – getting a richer and neatly organized selection of shows by unlocking the secret Netflix menu of categories.

This is where the hack of the secret Netflix genre codes comes in handy. Each sub-genre can be identified by a specific number code, for example:

Film Noir – 7687

Witty movies directed by Woody Allen – 2535

And, once again, there are tens of thousands of “altgenres” like these. Knowing their numbers will change the way you watch Netflix forever.

How to use Netflix codes?

This hack works only on the browser version of Netflix since you have to modify the website URL to access the hidden categories.

Start by logging into Netflix on your browser.

The URL that opens a specific category comes in the following format:

http://www.netflix.com/browse/genre/***

*** are the digits representing a certain category, so this is where you type in the numbers to access those niche categories. For example, the code of the Film Noir category is 7687, so you should type in 7687 instead of ***:

http://www.netflix.com/browse/genre/7687

Or, let’s say you’re up for some Romantic Favorites. Its code is 502675, so the URL that will open up the list would look like this: http://www.netflix.com/browse/genre/502675

Pretty easy, isn’t it? All you have to do is run your eyes over the category list until you find a genre that looks like a perfect fit for your Netflix session.

It is important to mention that not all codes may come up with results. The algorithms of the streaming service giant are ever-changing, so you shouldn’t be surprised if some of the codes stop working at some point. Or, there might be regional differences in terms of the content available. However, the alternate genre list is really huge, so we’re sure you will find something worthy.

Below you will find a list of the main “altgenres” with the corresponding codes. Or if you want to dig deeper, you can check out the extended selection here. Happy binge watching!

Netflix genre codes (the list)

Action & Adventure (1365)

Asian Action Movies (77232)
Classic Action & Adventure (46576)
Action Comedies (43040)
Action Thrillers (43048)
Adventures (7442)
Comic Book and Superhero Movies (10118)
Westerns (7700)
Spy Action & Adventure (10702)
Crime Action & Adventure (9584)
Foreign Action & Adventure (11828)
Martial Arts Movies (8985)
Military Action & Adventure (2125)

Anime (7424)

Adult Animation (11881)
Anime Action (2653)
Anime Comedies (9302)
Anime Dramas (452)
Anime Features (3063)
Anime Sci-Fi (2729)
Anime Horror (10695)
Anime Fantasy (11146)
Anime Series (6721)

Children & Family Movies (783)

Movies for ages 0 to 2 (6796)
Movies for ages 2 to 4 (6218)
Movies for ages 5 to 7 (5455)
Movies for ages 8 to 10 (561)
Movies for ages 11 to 12 (6962)

Education for Kids (10659)

Disney (67673)
Movies based on children’s books (10056)
Family Features (51056)
TV Cartoons (11177)
Kids’ TV (27346)
Kids Music (52843)
Animal Tales (5507)

Classic Movies (31574)

Classic Comedies (31694)
Classic Dramas (29809)
Classic Sci-Fi & Fantasy (47147)
Classic Thrillers (46588)
Film Noir (7687)
Classic War Movies (48744)
Epics (52858)
Classic Foreign Movies (32473)
Silent Movies (53310)
Classic Westerns (47465)

Comedies (6548)

Dark Comedies (869)
Foreign Comedies (4426)
Late Night Comedies (1402)
Mockumentaries (26)
Political Comedies (2700)
Screwball Comedies (9702)
Sports Comedies (5286)
Stand-up Comedy (11559)
Teen Comedies (3519)
Satires (4922)
Romantic Comedies (5475)
Slapstick Comedies (10256)
Cult Movies (7627)
B-Horror Movies (8195)
Campy Movies (1252)
Cult Horror Movies (10944)
Cult Sci-Fi & Fantasy (4734)
Cult Comedies (9434)

Documentaries (6839)

Biographical Documentaries (3652)
Crime Documentaries (9875)
Foreign Documentaries (5161)
Historical Documentaries (5349)
Military Documentaries (4006)
Sports Documentaries (180)
Music & Concert Documentaries (90361)
Travel & Adventure Documentaries (1159)
Political Documentaries (7018)
Religious Documentaries (10005)
Science & Nature Documentaries (2595)
Social & Cultural Documentaries (3675)

Dramas (5763)

Biographical Dramas (3179)
Classic Dramas (29809)
Courtroom Dramas (528582748)
Crime Dramas (6889)
Dramas based on Books (4961)
Dramas based on real life (3653)
Tearjerkers (6384)
Foreign Dramas (2150)
Sports Dramas (7243)
Gay & Lesbian Dramas (500)
Independent Dramas (384)
Teen Dramas (9299)
Military Dramas (11)
Period Pieces (12123)
Political Dramas (6616)
Romantic Dramas (1255)
Showbiz Dramas (5012)
Social Issue Dramas (3947)

Faith & Spirituality (26835)

Faith & Spirituality Movies (52804)
Spiritual Documentaries (2760)
Kids Faith & Spirituality (751423)

Foreign Movies (7462)

Art House Movies (29764)
Foreign Action & Adventure (11828)
Classic Foreign Movies (32473)
Foreign Comedies (4426)
Foreign Documentaries (5161)
Foreign Dramas (2150)
Foreign Gay & Lesbian Movies (8243)
Foreign Horror Movies (8654)
Foreign Sci-Fi & Fantasy (6485)
Foreign Thrillers (10306)
Romantic Foreign Movies (7153)
African Movies (3761)
Australian Movies (5230)
Belgian Movies (262)
Korean Movies (5685)
Latin American Movies (1613)
Middle Eastern Movies (5875)
New Zealand Movies (63782)
Russian (11567)
Scandinavian Movies (9292)
Southeast Asian Movies (9196)
Spanish Movies (58741)
Greek Movies (61115)
German Movies (58886)
French Movies (58807)
Eastern European Movies (5254)
Dutch Movies (10606)
Irish Movies (58750)
Japanese Movies (10398)
Italian Movies (8221)
Indian Movies (10463)
Chinese Movies (3960)
British Movies (10757)

Gay & Lesbian Movies (5977)

Gay & Lesbian Comedies (7120)
Gay & Lesbian Dramas (500)
Romantic Gay & Lesbian Movies (3329)
Foreign Gay & Lesbian Movies (8243)
Gay & Lesbian Documentaries (4720)
Gay & Lesbian TV Shows (65263)

Horror Movies (8711)

B-Horror Movies (8195)
Creature Features (6895)
Cult Horror Movies (10944)
Deep Sea Horror Movies (45028)
Foreign Horror Movies (8654)
Horror Comedy (89585)
Monster Movies (947)
Slasher and Serial Killer Movies (8646)
Supernatural Horror Movies (42023)
Teen Screams (52147)
Vampire Horror Movies (75804)
Werewolf Horror Movies (75930)
Zombie Horror Movies (75405)
Satanic Stories (6998)

Independent Movies (7077)

Experimental Movies (11079)
Independent Action & Adventure (11804)
Independent Thrillers (3269)
Romantic Independent Movies (9916)
Independent Comedies (4195)
Independent Dramas (384)

Music (1701)

Kids Music (52843)
Country & Western/Folk (1105)
Jazz & Easy Listening (10271)
Latin Music (10741)
Urban & Dance Concerts (9472)
World Music Concerts (2856)
Rock & Pop Concerts (3278)
Musicals (13335)
Classic Musicals (32392)
Disney Musicals (59433)
Showbiz Musicals (13573)
Stage Musicals (55774)

Romantic Movies (8883)

Romantic Favorites (502675)
Quirky Romance (36103)
Romantic Independent Movies (9916)
Romantic Foreign Movies (7153)
Romantic Dramas (1255)
Steamy Romantic Movies (35800)
Classic Romantic Movies (31273)
Romantic Comedies (5475)

Sci-Fi & Fantasy (1492)

Action Sci-Fi & Fantasy (1568)
Alien Sci-Fi (3327)
Classic Sci-Fi & Fantasy (47147)
Cult Sci-Fi & Fantasy (4734)
Fantasy Movies (9744)
Sci-Fi Adventure (6926)
Sci-Fi Dramas (3916)
Sci-Fi Horror Movies (1694)
Sci-Fi Thrillers (11014)
Foreign Sci-Fi & Fantasy (6485)

Sports Movies (4370)

Sports Comedies (5286)
Sports Documentaries (180)
Sports Dramas (7243)
Baseball Movies (12339)
Football Movies (12803)
Boxing Movies (12443)
Soccer Movies (12549)
Martial Arts, Boxing & Wrestling (6695)
Basketball Movies (12762)
Sports & Fitness (9327)

Thrillers (8933)

Action Thrillers (43048)
Classic Thrillers (46588)
Crime Thrillers (10499)
Foreign Thrillers (10306)
Independent Thrillers (3269)
Gangster Movies (31851)
Psychological Thrillers (5505)
Political Thrillers (10504)
Mysteries (9994)
Sci-Fi Thrillers (11014)
Spy Thrillers (9147)
Steamy Thrillers (972)
Supernatural Thrillers (11140)

TV Shows (83)

British TV Shows (52117)
Classic TV Shows (46553)
Crime TV Shows (26146)
Cult TV Shows (74652)
Food & Travel TV (72436)
Kids’ TV (27346)
Korean TV Shows (67879)
Miniseries (4814)
Military TV Shows (25804)
Science & Nature TV (52780)
TV Action & Adventure (10673)
TV Comedies (10375)
TV Documentaries (10105)
TV Dramas (11714)
TV Horror (83059)
TV Mysteries (4366)
TV Sci-Fi & Fantasy (1372)
Reality TV (9833)
Teen TV Shows (60951)



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