Netflix has an almost unimaginably large content library. So large, in fact, that it can be pretty daunting. How do you pick a movie when you could just keep scrolling and looking at descriptions infinitely, searching for that perfect flick?
It turns out that Netflix engineers have a huge number of genre codes for things as specific as “foreign satanic stories” and “visually striking stories for ages 5-7.” All these genres and micro genres have associated number codes. For example, going to this page (you have to be signed in to your or somebody else’s Netflix account) will show you all the French-language coming of age dramas, whereas this one will give you all the feel-good gay and lesbian movies.
You can find the full list of Netflix genre codes, listed alphabetically, here. Netflix’s codes change from time to time and can vary by region, so this is more art than science, but it’s still good to know.
Enjoy your British independent thrillers (3534) and critically acclaimed African-American crime movies (2715).