Everyone knows the struggle of sitting down — or, more likely, laying down — to watch Netflix, only to realize you can’t find what you’re looking for. In fact, the conundrum is so universal that there’s even an app that acts like Tinder for streaming to help mitigate the crisis of searching through the thousands of titles on the site.
But thanks to the internet’s greatest streaming sleuths, the process of narrowing down your choices doesn’t have to be so overwhelming. With Netflix’s secret codes, you can find genres more specific than just the basic few the streaming service offers on the site.
For the horror movie lover, Netflix’s horror movies can be narrowed down to zombie horror movies, horror comedy, teen screams and more. Looking for something romantic? Try quirky romance or steamy romance. You’re also not beholden to Netflix’s choices for which film qualifies for which subgenre—many movies and shows appear in two or more sections.
How to use Netflix codes
Using a Netflix code is simple. Once you have the code you want, type “http://www.netflix.com/browse/genre/” into your browser, with the proper Netflix code at the end. For fantasy movies, the code is 9744, so you should head to http://www.netflix.com/browse/genre/9744. Though there is a science fiction and fantasy section on Netflix, a code like this one will narrow it down just a bit more.
The hardest part of using the secret system is to find your desired code. But, fear not: We’ve gathered the Netflix genre codes below to hopefully make it easier.
Children and family movies
The children and family movies genre can mean a lot of things, from cartoons, to romantic stories that work for the whole family to animals’ antics. The best Netflix trick for kids’ movie-watching is that you can sort these options by age, but also by more specific categories like Disney movies and educational movies.
Movies for ages 0-2: 6796
Movies for ages 3-4: 6218
Movies for ages 5-7: 5455
Movies for ages 8-10: 561
Movies for ages 11-12: 6962
Good finds: Mulan, Incredibles 2, Lilo & Stitch, Hercules, Coco
Education for kids: 10659
Good finds: The Magic School Bus Rides Again, Cat in the Hat
TV cartoons: 11177
Good finds: Sofia the First, Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse, Star Trek: The Animated Series
There’s no movie genre title more amorphous than ‘documentary,’ which can make finding a new story to stream all the more challenging. With documentary codes, you can narrow down the search to the kind of person you want to learn about, the kind of film you want to watch and what topic interests you the most.
Biographical documentaries: 3652
Good finds: Knock Down the House, Bill Nye: Science Guy, The Legend of Cocaine Island
Historical documentaries: 5349
Good finds: World War II in Colour, Prosecuting Evil, Conspiracies, JFK: The Making of a President
Crime documentaries: 9875
Good finds: Making a Murderer, Conversations With a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes, The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann
Military documentaries: 4006
Good finds: The Russian Revolution, Hiroshima
Sports documentaries: 180
Good finds: The Carter Effect, The Short Game, Resurface, Zion
Music and concert documentaries: 90361
Good finds: Homecoming, Amy, John & Yoko: Above Us Only Sky, Gaga: Five Foot Two
When it comes to fright night, there are of course all kinds of ways to go. Whether it’s Halloween or just a spooky Sunday evening, Netflix codes can be your guide to all different types of scares.
Vampire horror movies: 75804
Good find: He Never Died
Satanic stories: 6998
Good find: The Babysitter
Teen screams: 52147
Good finds: Zombieland, Scary Movie 2, Scream, Truth or Dare
Supernatural horror movies: 42023
Good finds: Death Note, The Ritual, Insidious, Poltergeist
Searching for a romantic movie means something different to everybody. You might want to laugh, you might want to cry, you might want to sing and dance—the options are almost endless.
Romantic comedies: 5475
Good finds: Always Be My Maybe, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Someone Great, Mamma Mia!, Just Friends, The Ugly Truth
Quirky romance: 36103
Good finds: Sierra Burgess Is a Loser, Bridget Jones’s Baby, Ibiza
Steamy romance: 35800
Good finds: Blue is the Warmest Color, Sleeping With Other People
Romantic dramas: 1255
Good finds: Her, The Spectacular Now, The Theory of Everything, P.S. I Love You, The Graduate, Blue Valentine
Romantic favorites: 502675
Good finds: Set It Up, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, She’s Out of My League, Music and Lyrics, Zach and Miri Make a Porno, Emma
Action and adventure movies
Yes, there is no shortage of Marvel movies and TV shows available on Netflix. Have you been able to find them all? These codes divide up the different kinds of action and adventure films to highlight exactly what you need.
Spy action and adventure: 10702
Good finds: Austin Powers: Goldmember, Erased, xXx
Military action and adventure: 2125
Good finds: The Hurt Locker, Black Hawk Down, Outlaw King
Crime action and adventure: 9584
Good finds: The Fast and the Furious, Bonnie and Clyde, American Heist
Comic book and superhero movies: 10118
Good finds: Black Panther, Infinity War, The Dark Knight, Hellboy
Now that you know how to find romantic comedies, there’s still a world of laughter waiting to be seen.
Slapstick comedies: 10256
Good finds: The Waterboy, RV, Christmas With the Cranks
Stand-up comedy specials: 11559
Good finds: Wanda Sykes: Not Normal, Ellen DeGeneres: Relatable, John Mulaney: New in Town, Kevin Hart: Irresponsible, Hannah Gadsby: Nanette
Good finds: Trailer Park Boys, American Vandal, Borderline
Teen comedies: 3519
Good finds: The Perfect Date, The Edge of Seventeen, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Heathers, What a Girl Wants
Tearjerkers, family tension and realistic fiction are at your fingertips with the secret Netflix drama codes.
Biographical dramas: 3179
Good finds: Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, The Dirt, The Imitation Game, Julie & Julia, The King’s Speech
LGBT dramas: 500
Good finds: Moonlight, Alex Strangelove, Carol, Milk
Dramas based on books: 4961
Good finds: Bird Box, No Country for Old Men, Room
Sports dramas: 7243
Good finds: Miracle, Across the Line, 42: The True Story of a Sports Legend, Secretariat, High Flying Bird
Political dramas: 6616
Good finds: All the President’s Men, Lincoln, W.
Thankfully, for theater nerds and music lovers alike, there’s a special Netflix code exclusively for musical movies.
Musical movies: 13335
Good finds: Hairspray, Jersey Boys, Sweeney Todd, Across the Universe, Phantom of the Opera