One way that Netflix has made search easier for users is by introducing different categories of content. For example, if you stream Stephen King’s 1922 on Netflix, Netflix’s algorithm may reveal a custom category for you called “Dark Historical Films.”

Many Netflix users have clamored for a way to unveil these categories themselves. While that would be a great feature, Netflix seems to have no intention of adding it anytime in the future. However, there is a workaround that you can use instead.

What are Netflix Codes, and How Do They Work?

Netflix codes became a hot topic late last year, when they were first revealed to the public. They’re pretty simple to understand.

Netflix codes only work on your web browser. Essentially, Netflix auto-generates a specific code for each genre or subgenre of content that you are looking for. The category “Classic Action And Adventure” for example, is numerically represented by the code “46576”.

If you have the code for the specific genre of content you would like to watch, you can navigate directly to that genre using your web browser.

Once you’re logged onto Netflix, all you’ll have to do is type the URL www.netflix.com/browse/genre/XXXXX (where XXXXX represents the genre that you want to watch). It’s just that easy!

For example, to see “Alien Sci-Fi” films on Netflix, all you have to do is plug the code 3327 into your Netflix URL:

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Once you do that, you’ll see the following screen:

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When you enter the code, you are taken directly to the page that corresponds with its genre. Not only that, you can browse a variety of different categories within your chosen category, too!

Each code’s landing page also include films and TV shows that are tagged with “Alien Sci-Fi” as well as other related tags, such as “Suspenseful Movies” and “Sci-Fi & Fantasy”.

Here’s an example screenshot:

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Source: Netflix

Not every Netflix code contains subgenres. And because Netflix is always changing their algorithms and adding new content, there is no guarantee that each Netflix code will work forever.

There are also sometimes regional differences, which will break compatibility with some Netflix codes.

Why Should I Use Netflix Codes?

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Using Netflix codes seems like it takes a bit of effort, and codes only work on desktops or laptops. So why should you use Netflix codes?

If you have a really hard time finding things you like on Netflix, or have a large Netflix queue, navigating Netflix with codes allows you to quickly zero-in on specific subgenres.

Netflix’s algorithm hides some of its genres until you unlock them by watching or liking certain shows or movies. Netflix codes let you override the algorithm and browse all the genres.

If you use codes, you can cut down your search time when you look for movies and shows to watch on Netflix. The average Netflix user spends more than 18 minutes just trying to find something to watch.

Netflix Codes: The Ultimate List

Genres

Here are the best genre-related Netflix codes.

Action and Adventure (1365)

  • Comic Book and Superhero Movies (10118)
  • Westerns (7700)
  • Martial Arts Movies (8985)
  • Asian Action Movies (77232)
  • Action Comedies (43040)
  • Action Thrillers (43048)
  • Adventures (7442)

Anime (7424)

  • Anime Sci-Fi (2729)
  • Anime Horror (10695)
  • Anime Fantasy (11146)
  • Anime Action (2653)
  • Anime Comedies (9302)
  • Anime Dramas (452)

British Films & TV

  • British Action & Adventure (1302)
  • British Adventures (4915)
  • British Biographical Dramas (1520)
  • British Biographical Movies (1031)
  • British Children & Family Movies (2473)
  • British Comedies (1009)
  • British Coming-of-age Movies (2386)
  • British Crime Dramas (3200)
  • British Crime Sci-Fi & Fantasy (3615)
  • British Documentaries (3394)
  • British Dramas (3682)
  • British Education for Kids (1606)
  • British Fantasy Movies (636)
  • British Gay & Lesbian Dramas (3188)
  • British Gay & Lesbian Movies (4236)
  • British Historical Documentaries (3661)
  • British Horror Movies (4991)
  • British Independent Crime Movies (2962)
  • British Independent Political Movies (3290)
  • British Independent Thrillers (3534)
  • British Military Dramas (271)
  • British Monster Movies (4460)
  • British Movies based on Books (811)
  • British Mysteries (2754)
  • British Political Comedies (2636)
  • British Political Dramas (3250)
  • British Political Movies (2498)
  • British Psychological Dramas (3962)
  • British Satires from the 1980s (1723)
  • British Social Issue Dramas (2312)
  • British Thrillers (1774)

Biographies

  • Biographical Children & Family Movies (2478)
  • Biographical Documentaries (3652)
  • Biographical Documentaries from the 1960s (1777)
  • Biographical Documentaries from the 1970s (1791)
  • Biographical Documentaries from the 1980s (1824)
  • Biographical Dramas (3179)
  • Biographical Dramas from the 1950s (4584)
  • Biographical Dramas from the 1960s (4603)
  • Biographical Dramas from the 1970s (4632)
  • Biographical Dramas from the 1980s (4662)
  • Biographical Martial Arts Movies (2487)
  • Biographical Movies (1096)
  • Biographical Spiritual Documentaries (4462)

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)
  • Family Features (51056)
  • Disney (67673)
  • Sports Children & Family Movies (453)
  • TV Cartoons (11177)
  • Kids’ TV (27346)

Cerebral Movies (1813)

  • Cerebral Action & Adventure (4778)
  • Cerebral Biographical Dramas (127)
  • Cerebral Biographical Movies (4518)
  • Cerebral British Dramas (896)
  • Cerebral British Movies (2434)
  • Cerebral Comedies (1119)
  • Cerebral Crime Dramas (3726)
  • Cerebral Dramas (2295)
  • Cerebral Dramas from the 1940s (1023)
  • Cerebral Dramas from the 1950s (1048)
  • Cerebral Dramas from the 1960s (1069)
  • Cerebral Dramas from the 1970s (1106)
  • Cerebral Dramas from the 1980s (1126)
  • Cerebral Experimental Movies (2747)
  • Cerebral Foreign Crime Dramas (506)
  • Cerebral Foreign Dramas from the 1950s (3432)
  • Cerebral Foreign Dramas from the 1960s (3456)
  • Cerebral Foreign Dramas from the 1970s (3474)
  • Cerebral Foreign Dramas from the 1980s (3496)
  • Cerebral Foreign Movies from the 1950s (616)
  • Cerebral Foreign Movies from the 1960s (643)
  • Cerebral Foreign Movies from the 1970s (669)
  • Cerebral Foreign Political Dramas (2742)
  • Cerebral Foreign War Movies (157)
  • Cerebral French-Language Crime Dramas (2935)
  • Cerebral French-Language Dramas (4521)
  • Cerebral French-Language Dramas from the 1960s (102)
  • Cerebral French-Language Movies (3623)
  • Cerebral French-Language Movies from the 1950s (2642)
  • Cerebral French-Language Movies from the 1960s (2672)
  • Cerebral French-Language Movies from the 1970s (2703)
  • Cerebral Independent Biographical Movies (2518)
  • Cerebral Independent Comedies (1474)
  • Cerebral Independent Crime Movies (3717)
  • Cerebral Independent Movies (551)
  • Cerebral Independent Movies from the 1980s (1451)
  • Cerebral Independent Political Movies (368)
  • Cerebral Italian Dramas (1553)
  • Cerebral Japanese Dramas (3720)
  • Cerebral Military Movies (3156)
  • Cerebral Movies (1813)
  • Cerebral Movies based on Books (3555)
  • Cerebral Movies directed by Akira Kurosawa (4359)
  • Cerebral Political Dramas (814)
  • Cerebral Political Movies (3152)
  • Cerebral Movies based on Books (3555)
  • Cerebral Movies directed by Akira Kurosawa (4359)
  • Cerebral Political Dramas (814)
  • Cerebral Political Movies (3152)
  • Cerebral Scandinavian Movies (995)

Crime Movies

  • Crime Action & Adventure from the 1970s (996)
  • Crime Action Sci-Fi & Fantasy from the 1980s (2455)
  • Crime Comedies (4058)
  • Crime Comedies on Blu-ray (755)
  • Crime Deadly Disasters (3698)
  • Crime Dramas based on a book from the 1970s (3516)
  • Crime Dramas based on a book from the 1980s (1828)
  • Crime Dramas based on real life (2723)
  • Crime Historical Documentaries (2846)
  • Crime Late Night Comedies (2506)

Classic Films (31574)

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

Comedies (6548)

  • Dark Comedies (869)
  • Slapstick Comedies (10256)
  • Political Comedies (2700)
  • Screwball Comedies (9702)
  • Sports Comedies (5286)
  • Stand-up Comedy (11559)
  • Teen Comedies (3519)
  • Spoofs & Satires (4922)
  • Mockumentaries (26)
  • Romantic Comedies (5475)
  • Comedies based on Books (1223)
  • Controversial Comedies (1948)

Political Comedies (2700)

  • Political Comedies from the 1940s (3364)
  • Political Comedies from the 1960s (3416)
  • Political Comedies from the 1970s (3440)
  • Political Comedies from the 1980s (3463)

Cult Movies (7627)

  • Cult Horror Movies (10944)
  • Cult Sci-Fi & Fantasy (4734)
  • Cult Comedies (9434)
  • B-Horror Movies (8195)
  • Camp Films (1252)

Documentaries (6839)

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

Dark Movies

  • Dark Action Sci-Fi & Fantasy (1452)
  • Dark Alien Sci-Fi (3166)
  • Dark Comedies (869)
  • Dark Documentaries (1783)
  • Dark Dramas (2436)
  • Dark Experimental Movies (3686)
  • Dark Historical Documentaries (2225)
  • Dark Independent Comedies (1064)
  • Dark Independent Dramas (232)
  • Dark Independent Movies (1763)
  • Dark Independent Mysteries (4694)
  • Dark Independent Political Dramas (942)
  • Dark Independent Political Movies (2118)
  • Dark Independent Psychological Movies (4769)
  • Dark Independent Thrillers (3678)
  • Dark Military Movies (2784)
  • Dark Political Historical Documentaries (4256)
  • Dark Political Movies (2685)
  • Dark Political Thrillers (3751)
  • Dark Sci-Fi & Fantasy (3592)
  • Dark Sci-Fi Thrillers (1374)
  • Dark Sports Movies (4198)
  • Dark War Documentaries (2785)
  • Dark Westerns (2012)

Dramas (5763)

  • Political Dramas (6616)
  • Romantic Dramas (1255)
  • Showbiz Dramas (5012)
  • Social Issue Dramas (3947)
  • Tearjerkers (6384)
  • Biographical Dramas (3179)
  • Classic Dramas (29809)
  • Courtroom Dramas (2748)
  • Crime Dramas (6889)
  • Military Dramas (11)
  • Period Pieces (12123)
  • Dramas based on a book (4961)
  • Dramas based on real life (3653)
  • Sports Dramas (7243)
  • LGBTQ Dramas (500)
  • Independent Dramas (384)
  • Teen Dramas (9299)

Horror Films

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

Independent Films (7077)

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

Psychological Dramas (1338)

  • Psychological Dramas (1338)
  • Psychological Film Noir (4188)
  • Psychological Horror Movies (4809)
  • Psychological Movies (1411)
  • Psychological Movies based on Books (1473)
  • Psychological Mysteries based on Books (396)
  • Psychological Satanic Stories (1567)
  • Psychological Thrillers from the 1940s (1305)
  • Psychological Thrillers from the 1950s (1334)
  • Psychological Thrillers from the 1960s (1369)
  • Psychological Thrillers from the 1980s (1429)

Regional Cinema

  • Spanish Films (58741)
  • Greek Films (61115)
  • German Films (58886)
  • French Films (58807)
  • Southeast Asian Films (9196)
  • Italian Movies (8221)
  • Indian Movies (10463)
  • Chinese Movies (3960)
  • Eastern European Movies (5254)
  • Dutch Movies (10606)
  • Irish Movies (58750)
  • Japanese Movies (10398)
  • African Films (3761)
  • Australian Films (5230)
  • Belgian Films (262)
  • Korean Films (5685)
  • Latin American Films (1613)
  • Middle Eastern Films (5875)
  • New Zealand Films (63782)
  • Russian Films (11567)
  • Scandinavian Films (9292)
  • British Movies (10757)

Musicals (13335)

  • Showbiz Musicals (13573)
  • Stage Musicals (55774)
  • Classic Musicals (32392)
  • Disney Musicals (59433)

Romantic Films (8883)

  • Quirky Romance (36103)
  • Romantic Dramas (1255)
  • Steamy Romantic Movies (35800)
  • Classic Romantic Movies (31273)
  • Romantic Comedies (5475)
  • Romantic Favourites (502675)
  • Romantic Independent Films (9916)

Sci-Fi & Fantasy (1492)

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

Sports Films (4370)

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

Thrillers (8933)

  • Action Thrillers (43048)
  • Classic Thrillers (46588)
  • Crime Thrillers (10499)
  • 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

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

Movies By Era

  • Movies from the 1910s (2466)
  • Movies from the 1920s (2489)
  • Movies from the 1930s (2510)
  • Movies from the 1940s (2533)
  • Movies from the 1950s (2567)
  • Movies from the 1960s (2592)
  • Movies from the 1970s (2621)
  • Movies from the 1980s (2648)

Actors and Actresses

You can also sort by actor with Netflix codes. Looking to watch one of your favorite stars? Here are all the actor and actress subcategories.

  • Movies starring Alec Baldwin (2004)
  • Movies starring Angelina Jolie (3419)
  • Movies starring Anthony Hopkins (1362)
  • Movies starring Arnold Schwarzenegger (194)
  • Movies starring Audrey Hepburn (3061)
  • Movies starring Ben Stiller (149)
  • Movies starring Bill Paxton (2606)
  • Movies starring Brad Pitt (3891)
  • Movies starring Cate Blanchett (4159)
  • Movies starring Charlie Sheen (2686)
  • Movies starring Charlton Heston (1771)
  • Movies starring Chevy Chase (2342)
  • Movies starring Chris Rock (877)
  • Movies starring Chuck Norris (225)
  • Movies starring Clint Eastwood (3204)
  • Movies starring Colin Farrell (2423)
  • Movies starring Danny DeVito (4189)
  • Movies starring Dennis Quaid (743)
  • Movies starring Dolph Lundgren (2193)
  • Movies starring Drew Barrymore (880)
  • Movies starring Dustin Hoffman (3210)
  • Movies starring Eddie Murphy (1785)
  • Movies starring Edward Norton (1116)
  • Movies starring Elijah Wood (3212)
  • Movies starring Gary Busey (106)
  • Movies starring George Clooney (327)
  • Movies starring Gwyneth Paltrow (173)
  • Movies starring Halle Berry (2303)
  • Movies starring Harrison Ford (2974)
  • Movies starring Heather Graham (747)
  • Movies starring Jake Gyllenhaal (3430)
  • Movies starring Jim Carrey (4876)
  • Movies starring John Cusack (4154)
  • Movies starring Kate Beckinsale (2100)
  • Movies starring Kevin Spacey (2284)
  • Movies starring Laurence Fishburne (1914)
  • Movies starring Mark Wahlberg (1459)
  • Movies starring Matt Damon (1258)
  • Movies starring Matthew McConaughey (354)
  • Movies starring Mel Gibson (3486)
  • Movies starring Naomi Watts (2880)
  • Movies starring Reese Witherspoon (2363)
  • Movies starring Ron Perlman (4738)
  • Movies starring Snoop Dogg (3257)
  • Movies starring Susan Sarandon (277)
  • Movies starring Tim Allen (3337)
  • Movies starring Tom Cruise (1667)
  • Movies starring Tommy Lee Jones (3158)
  • Movies starring Uma Thurman (4431)
  • Movies starring Viggo Mortensen (546)
  • Movies starring Whoopi Goldberg (2774)
  • Movies starring Will Ferrell (3222)
  • Movies starring Woody Allen (584)
  • Movies starring Woody Harrelson (2581)

Directors

Interested in a movie by a specific director? You can use these Netflix codes to your advantage.

  • Movies directed by Carl Reiner (3165)
  • Movies directed by Charles Chaplin (1901)
  • Movies directed by Clint Eastwood (4762)
  • Movies directed by David Cronenberg (779)
  • Movies directed by David Lynch (4091)
  • Movies directed by Francis Ford Coppola (4535)
  • Movies directed by Frank Capra (1052)
  • Movies directed by Harold Ramis (4570)
  • Movies directed by John Carpenter (2373)
  • Movies directed by Oliver Stone (4122)
  • Movies directed by Philip Kaufman (3911)
  • Movies directed by Rob Reiner (785)
  • Movies directed by Ron Howard (4810)
  • Movies directed by Steven Soderbergh (4713)
  • Movies directed by Steven Spielberg (4610)
  • Movies directed by Takashi Miike (4376)
  • Movies directed by Terry Gilliam (689)
  • Movies directed by Tim Burton (2582)
  • Movies directed by Werner Herzog (2863)

Where can I See the Full List of Netflix Codes?

If you really want to see the full list of 30,000+ Netflix codes, you have a couple of options.