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Secret Netflix codes for movies and TV shows

Harold Kilpatrick

Harold Kilpatrick

Sep 04, 2021 · 3 min read

Secret Netflix codes for movies and TV shows

What are Netflix secret codes?

If you have a Netflix account, you'll know how annoying it is when you don't know exactly what search terms to use on the site. With thousands of films stuffed into generic genre categories like ‘Drama’, ‘Horror’, and ‘Children’, it's not easy to find what you're looking for. You could be sitting there for hours trying to find a film you like, and unless you have the exact wording right, it might seem that Netflix has hidden films and TV shows from the search system.

Luckily, Netflix has more than 70,000 extremely precise sub-genres that can be identified by a specific number code – 2535 for ‘Witty movies directed by Woody Allen’, for example.

Hidden TV shows and movies can be found using secret categories that include ‘Heartfelt Tearjerkers’, ‘Campy Zombie Movies’, ‘Film Noir’, ‘Mind-Bending Fantasy Movies', ‘Quirky Independent Movies Based on Books’, and even ‘Scary Italian Crime Movies from the 1970s’. Here’s a full list of the Netflix hidden codes, along with their categories. You can use Netflix codes for movies and TV shows, so happy binging!

List of Netflix secret codes

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)
  • Martial Arts Movies (8985)
  • Military Action & Adventure (2125)

Anime (7424)

Children & Family Movies (783)

Classic Movies (31574)

  • Classic Comedies (31694)
  • Classic Sci-Fi & Fantasy (47147)

Comedies (6548)

  • Dark Comedies (869)
  • Stand-up Comedy (11559)
  • Teen Comedies (3519)
  • Romantic Comedies (5475)

Documentaries (6839)

  • Biographical Documentaries (3652)
  • Historical Documentaries (5349)
  • Sports Documentaries (180)
  • Science & Nature Documentaries (2595)
  • Social & Cultural Documentaries (3675)
  • Critically Acclaimed Documentaries (8673)
  • Emotional Movies (4136)
  • Get In On the Action (81206194)
  • Documentary Films (2243108)

Dramas (5763)

  • Gay & Lesbian Dramas (500)
  • Period Pieces (12123)
  • Romantic Dramas (1255)
  • Crime Movies (5824)
  • Gritty Movies (3223)

International Movies (78367)

LGBTQ Movies (5977)

  • Gay & Lesbian Dramas (500)
  • Gay & Lesbian Documentaries (4720)

Horror Movies (8711)

  • Horror Comedy (89585)
  • Monster Movies (947)
  • Vampires & Warewolves (1080194)
  • Zombie Horror Movies (75421)
  • Suspenseful Movies (448)

Independent Movies (7077)

Music & Musicals (52852)

Romantic Movies (8883)

  • Romantic Favorites (502675)
  • Romantic Dramas (1255)
  • Classic Romantic Movies (31273)
  • Romantic Comedies (5475)
  • Mysteries (9994)

Sci-Fi & Fantasy (1492)

  • Action Sci-Fi & Fantasy (1568)
  • Alien Sci-Fi (3327)
  • Classic Sci-Fi & Fantasy (47147)
  • Fantasy Movies (9744)

Sports Movies (4370)

  • Sports Documentaries (180)

Thrillers (8933)

  • Action Thrillers (43048)
  • Gangster Movies (31851)
  • Psychological Thrillers (5505)
  • Polish Movies & TV (100392)

TV Shows (83)

Holiday Movies (107093)

How do I use Netflix secret codes?

If you want to use Netflix secret codes, follow these steps:

    1. Log in to your Netflix account from your browser.
    2. Choose your desired movie genre by typing this URL: and adding a [secret code] in the end.
    3. Press Enter.

You will be able to unlock Netflix gems only in your browser, as secret codes won’t work in your Netflix app or smart TV.

How are Netflix secret codes created?

Now you know how to use a Netflix code, are you ready for the nerdy part? We’ve got you covered. Netflix codes are created with a combination of human intelligence and machine intelligence. In other words, Netflix hired a bunch of people to watch, rate and tag thousands of TV shows and movies, to gather metadata about every piece of content: movie endings, plots, featured locations, and jobs of the main characters, for instance. Almost everything and everyone had to be tagged. They even created documented guidelines, called “Netflix Quantum Theory,” to assure the integrity of the assessment.

Unsurprisingly, the amount of data gathered was massive, forcing engineers to step in. With the magic of algorithms, the content was divided into tens of thousands of alternate micro-genres, or as Netflix likes to call them, the ‘altgenres’. Now, armed with the Netflix genre codes, you'll have no problem navigating through their immense library.

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