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8 quirky hidden movie categories you have to check out on Netflix

Updated Jan 14th, 2016 12:17PM EST
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Hardcore Netflix fans looking to diversify their binge experiences might already know that the company uses a complex system to categorize its huge collection of movies and TV shows. Kept secret for a long time, there are thousands of hidden content categories that Netflix uses to organize things behind the scenes, so making them all available to users would be overbearing. But using a small selection of them can be a great way to find new movies and TV shows to watch.

We have already told you how to search for and access these secret categories from your browser if you want to check them out. In what follows, we’ll show you some of the quirkiest hiddem categories you can find on Netflix right now.

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To get things started, The Street reminds us that you just have to make sure you save this simple URL, CODE]. Then you just have to input the numeric code that fits the category you want. Here are some of the strangest ones you’ll find:

Code 851: Quirky foreign action and adventure

Code 852: Independent movies about food

Code 855: Feel-good sports movies for ages 8 to 10

Code 876: Critically-acclaimed dark French-language movies

Code 1458: Wine and beverage appreciation

Code 2611: Dark war movies

Code 2747: Cerebral experimental movies

Code 8560: Understated courtroom movies

Should you watch any of the movies in the categories above? Not necessarily. The point is that Netflix’s secret categorization provides a treasure trove of movies that you might not find otherwise. It’s not likely you’ll go searching for “understated courtroom movies” anytime soon, but these categories do reveal the immense amount of work that goes behind the scenes, as Netflix seems to be interested in satisfying all sorts of movie tastes and preferences.

You should also browse the detailed lists provided at the source link to find your favorite micro-genres – and yes, you’ll find categories based on types of movies starring a certain actor (Code: 857 lists only “Action and adventure starring Harrison Ford”) as well as movies helmed by a certain director.

Finally, we’ll point out that depending on the market you’re watching Netflix from, these mini categories might return different results. And they might even come up empty. In addition to geolocation, one other factor affects these categories: Netflix’s catalog is dynamic, and the streaming service adds and removes titles on a monthly basis. So don’t be surprised if your favorite “wine and beverage appreciation” film suddenly disappears.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.

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