Here are the secret Netflix codes that unlock thousands of TV shows and movies

Tuesday, 17th April 2018, 4:07 pm
Updated Wednesday, 18th April 2018, 2:46 pm

Deciding what to watch on Netflix can be time-consuming. Especially when there are hard-to-please friends or relatives involved.

But what you might not know is that there are 'secret' codes to help you unlock niche categories - and there are reported to be more than 76,000 of these "micro-genres".

Want to watch some 'Raunchy Sports Movies'? There's a code for that. In the mood for "Satanic Stories from the 1980s"? You're welcome.

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Simply add the relevant code to the end of the following URL: www.netflix.com/browse/genre/

We've highlighted a few of our favourites. A much bigger list can be found at the end of this article.

Epics

(Photo: 20th Century Fox)

Code: 52858

What to expect: Epics are those huge, ambitious productions that either run longer than most films, or tackle a particularly poignant moment in history. Or both.

This Netflix category offers up the BBC's adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace, an original series detailing the life of Marco Polo, and James Cameron's Titanic among many others.

Film Noir

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Code: 7687

What to expect: Hard-boiled crime thrillers are the order of the day here, and Netflix's offering is surprisingly diverse.

Classics from the heyday of the genre are represented by films like The Woman in the Window, while modern day takes like the Coen Brothers' Fargo serve more contemporary slices of intrigue.

Political Documentaries

(Photo: Overture Films)

Code: 7018

What to expect: With the current divisive state of politics, people seem to be more engaged (and angry) than ever.

Netflix has a huge selection of documentaries to keep you informed on a range of issues. Michael Moore's Capitalism: A Love Story takes a look at the financial crisis of the late-2000s, while miniseries Race for the White House uses archival footage and interviews to tell the story of six of the US' most iconic Presidential elections.

Spoofs & Satires

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Code: 4922

What to expect: Likewise, never has it seemed more important to poke fun at things.

This Netflix niche category delivers both politically charged satires (Look Who's Back sees Adolf Hitler wake up in modern Germany), as well as enjoyably silly spoofs like Robin Hood: Men in Tights and Hot Fuzz.

Tearjerkers

(Photo: Columbia Pictures)

Code: 6384

What to expect: Sometimes we all need a good cry, and an emotional film often helps turn on the waterworks.

This code takes you to the likes of prison classic The Shawshank Redemption, crying Christmas classic Miracle on 34th Street, and 2011's criminally underappreciated cancer comedy 50/50.

Here are more of the secret Netflix codes to try yourself:

• Action & Adventure: 1365• Action Comedies: 43040• Action Sci-Fi & Fantasy: 1568• Action Thrillers: 43048• Adult Animation: 11881• Adventures: 7442• African Movies: 3761• Alien Sci-Fi: 3327• Animal Tales: 5507• Anime: 7424• Anime Action: 2653• Anime Comedies: 9302• Anime Dramas: 452• Anime Fantasy: 11146• Anime Features: 3063• Anime Horror: 10695• Anime Sci-Fi: 2729• Anime Series: 6721• Art House Movies: 29764• Asian Action Movies: 77232• Australian Movies: 5230• B-Horror Movies: 8195• Baseball Movies: 12339• Basketball Movies: 12762• Belgian Movies: 262• Biographical Documentaries: 3652• Biographical Dramas: 3179• Boxing Movies: 12443• British Movies: 10757• British TV Shows: 52117• Campy Movies: 1252• Children & Family Movies: 783• Chinese Movies: 3960• Classic Action & Adventure: 46576• Classic Comedies: 31694• Classic Dramas: 29809• Classic Foreign Movies: 32473• Classic Movies: 31574• Classic Musicals: 32392• Classic Romantic Movies: 31273• Classic Sci-Fi & Fantasy: 47147• Classic Thrillers: 46588• Classic TV Shows: 46553• Classic War Movies: 48744• Classic Westerns: 47465• Comedies: 6548• Comic Book and Superhero Movies: 10118• Country & Western/Folk: 1105• Courtroom Dramas: 2748• Creature Features: 6895• Crime Action & Adventure: 9584• Crime Documentaries: 9875• Crime Dramas: 6889• Crime Thrillers: 10499• Crime TV Shows: 26146• Cult Comedies: 9434• Cult Horror Movies: 10944• Cult Movies: 7627• Cult Sci-Fi & Fantasy: 4734• Cult TV Shows: 74652• Dark Comedies: 869• Deep Sea Horror Movies: 45028• Disney: 67673• Disney Musicals: 59433• Documentaries: 6839• Dramas: 5763• Dramas based on Books: 4961• Dramas based on real life: 3653• Dutch Movies: 10606• Eastern European Movies: 5254• Education for Kids: 10659• Epics: 52858• Experimental Movies: 11079• Faith & Spirituality: 26835• Faith & Spirituality Movies: 52804• Family Features: 51056• Fantasy Movies: 9744• Film Noir: 7687• Food & Travel TV: 72436• Football Movies: 12803• Foreign Action & Adventure: 11828• Foreign Comedies: 4426• Foreign Documentaries: 5161• Foreign Dramas: 2150• Foreign Gay & Lesbian Movies: 8243• Foreign Horror Movies: 8654• Foreign Movies: 7462• Foreign Sci-Fi & Fantasy: 6485• Foreign Thrillers: 10306• French Movies: 58807• Gangster Movies: 31851• Gay & Lesbian Dramas: 500• German Movies: 58886• Greek Movies: 61115• Historical Documentaries: 5349• Horror Comedy: 89585• Horror Movies: 8711• Independent Action & Adventure: 11804• Independent Comedies: 4195• Independent Dramas: 384• Independent Movies: 7077• Independent Thrillers: 3269• Indian Movies: 10463• Irish Movies: 58750• Italian Movies: 8221• Japanese Movies: 10398• Jazz & Easy Listening: 10271• Kids Faith & Spirituality: 751423• Kids Music: 52843• Kids’ TV: 27346• Korean Movies: 5685• Korean TV Shows: 67879• Late Night Comedies: 1402• Latin American Movies: 1613• Latin Music: 10741• Martial Arts Movies: 8985• Martial Arts, Boxing & Wrestling: 6695• Middle Eastern Movies: 5875• Military Action & Adventure: 2125• Military Documentaries: 4006• Military Dramas: 11• Military TV Shows: 25804• Miniseries: 4814• Mockumentaries: 26• Monster Movies: 947• Movies based on children’s books: 10056• 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• Music & Concert Documentaries: 90361• Music: 1701• Musicals: 13335• Mysteries: 9994• New Zealand Movies: 63782• Period Pieces: 12123• Political Comedies: 2700• Political Documentaries: 7018• Political Dramas: 6616• Political Thrillers: 10504• Psychological Thrillers: 5505• Quirky Romance: 36103• Reality TV: 9833• Religious Documentaries: 10005• Rock & Pop Concerts: 3278• Romantic Comedies: 5475• Romantic Dramas: 1255• Romantic Favorites: 502675• Romantic Foreign Movies: 7153• Romantic Independent Movies: 9916• Romantic Movies: 8883• Russian: 11567• Satanic Stories: 6998• Satires: 4922• Scandinavian Movies: 9292• Sci-Fi & Fantasy: 1492• Sci-Fi Adventure: 6926• Sci-Fi Dramas: 3916• Sci-Fi Horror Movies: 1694• Sci-Fi Thrillers: 11014• Science & Nature Documentaries: 2595• Science & Nature TV: 52780• Screwball Comedies: 9702• Showbiz Dramas: 5012• Showbiz Musicals: 13573• Silent Movies: 53310• Slapstick Comedies: 10256• Slasher and Serial Killer Movies: 8646• Soccer Movies: 12549• Social & Cultural Documentaries: 3675• Social Issue Dramas: 3947• Southeast Asian Movies: 9196• Spanish Movies: 58741• Spiritual Documentaries: 2760• Sports & Fitness: 9327• Sports Comedies: 5286• Sports Documentaries: 180• Sports Dramas: 7243• Sports Movies: 4370• Spy Action & Adventure: 10702• Spy Thrillers: 9147• Stage Musicals: 55774• Stand-up Comedy: 11559• Steamy Romantic Movies: 35800• Steamy Thrillers: 972• Supernatural Horror Movies: 42023• Supernatural Thrillers: 11140• Tearjerkers: 6384• Teen Comedies: 3519• Teen Dramas: 9299• Teen Screams: 52147• Teen TV Shows: 60951• Thrillers: 8933• Travel & Adventure Documentaries: 1159• TV Action & Adventure: 10673• TV Cartoons: 11177• TV Comedies: 10375• TV Documentaries: 10105• TV Dramas: 11714• TV Horror: 83059• TV Mysteries: 4366• TV Sci-Fi & Fantasy: 1372• TV Shows: 83• Urban & Dance Concerts: 9472• Vampire Horror Movies: 75804• Werewolf Horror Movies: 75930• Westerns: 7700• World Music Concerts: 2856• Zombie Horror Movies: 75405

And here is the full, gigantic (unofficial) list of codes. There is also a handy Chrome extension you can use too.

Happy binge-viewing!