Here Are the 10 Best Secret Categories on Netflix

Netflix (NFLX) constantly draws in viewers for hours at a time, but there's something the streaming sites been hiding -- its hundreds of secret codes.

The codes are actually simple enough in that they allow Netflix to generate subcategories for viewers to find their uber-specific preferences. Because who wouldn't want to search for their favorite campy movie?

The codes are easy enough to create just follow the formula below and see what you get:

http://www.netflix.com/browse/genre/[NUMERIC CODE]

And if you've haven't already started punching in your own combinations, Netflix viewers are rapidly publishing unofficial lists with some of the possibilities. Here are some of the best we stumbled upon:

Action and adventure starring Harrison Ford

Code: 857

Netflix lets you search quickly for your favorite actor or actress, and this subgenre breaks it down one step further.

But the man, who became famous for his roles as Han Solo and Indiana Jones, apparently only stars in two action and adventure films on Netflix.


Understated courtroom movies

Code: 8560

The only question that really comes to mind when searching for this subgenre is, "What exactly is an understated courtroom movie?"

And since this search only comes up with four options, they might not be enough to truly clarify what this category could mean.


Critically-acclaimed dark French-language movies

Code: 876

Because who would want to watch a non-critically-acclaimed dark French-language movie?

Seriously, could this category be anymore specific?


Italian political dramas

Code: 853

If political dramas aren't enticing enough, then add actors yelling at one another in Italian to the mix. It's a shame there are just four movies in this category, because that will never be enough.


Independent movies about food

Code: 852

Mainstream movies about food, such as Disney's Ratatouille, are so overrated, which is why there has to a subcategory for the independently produced ones.

Plus, nothing is quite as hipster as an independent film about traveling across the country sampling wine and cheese.


Wine and beverage appreciation

Code: 1458

Unlike "Independent movies about food," this subgenre celebrates the one thing that truly matters -- wine.

And of all the subgenres on this list, "Wine and beverage appreciation" comes in second for the most options.


Quirky foreign action and adventure

Code: 851

Anyone can enjoy a good action and adventure film, but it takes a true connoisseur to appreciate a quirky action and adventure film.

Not to mention the fact that these movies are not only quirky, but they are also foreign. That's a whole new kind of double trouble.

Feel-good sports movies for ages 8 to 10

Code: 855

Two words: Air Bud.

The movies in this category are so good it should be called "Feel-good sports movies for anyone who likes movies."


Irreverent movies from 1930s

Code: 856

These movies are so irreverent they don't even exist. Seriously, this subgenre has no movies to claim.


Movies starring Meryl Streep

Code: 8330

Oscar season is well upon us, so why not refresh your memory with the Academy's favorite actress.

Unfortunately, her greatest film, Mamma Mia, is not included.

 

 

This article is commentary by an independent contributor. At the time of publication, the author held no positions in the stocks mentioned.

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