That’s why you need a solid way of finding new movies you’ll love. Which is where MakeUseOf has your back. Looking for recommendations? Need help navigating Netflix? Then this article is for you.
Learn the Secret Codes
OK, so they’re not that secret anymore, but still. These hidden codes are a bit like an episode of Doctor Who in which the HQ of the secret defence organization, UNIT, has a sign outside proudly displaying, “MINISTRY OF DEFENCE — UNIT HEADQUARTERS.” Smooth.
Netflix’s secret codes swept the internet faster than the latest shot of Kim Kardashian wearing not many clothes.
So for Crime Dramas, your address bar should read
http://www.netflix.com/browse/genre/6889while Satanic Stories can be found at
There are countless Netflix codes available, and too many for us to list here. However, we have previously listed our favorite Netflix codes, including:
- Animal Tales: 5507
- British TV Shows: 52117
- Korean TV Shows: 67879
- Music & Concert Documentaries: 90361
- Werewolf Horror Movies: 75930
Those secret codes are essential for finding all that content you’d otherwise miss, but going through hundreds of webpages can be very tiresome, especially copying those numbers into the URL each time you want to search.
You download the addon, then whenever you visit Netflix on your PC, it presents a dropdown menu filled with categories to filter just by clicking the [FF] icon to the top-right of your screen. Easy. It’ll also remember your favorites, so if you don’t fancy scrolling through the alphabetized list, there’s no need to. Boasting around 7,500 categories, that’s a godsend!
The extension promises to be free forever, a hit at another installation that hit the headlines and decided to charge Chrome users (but not Firefox users, bizarrely) on a subscription basis. With that in mind, FindFlix promises a lot of value without the fees.
Set Up Different Accounts
Netflix will suggest titles based on your viewing habits, so if you’re addicted to Ant Man, it’ll likely promote its own Marvel TV shows like the wonderful Daredevil and Iron Fist.
Creating separate accounts means you won’t be bugged by suggestions for your children. Meanwhile, your kids won’t learn you’ve watched Fifty Shades of Grey. In fact, it’s probably best if no one learns that.
Just log into Netflix on your computer, and click Your Account > My Profile > Manage Profiles. From there, you can add up to five profiles, and set up parental controls if needs be. Voila — no more SpongeBob SquarePants. Wait, is that a good thing or not?
Recommendations work by assessing your profiles, but many of us are too lazy to tamper with them unless Netflix goes out of its way to pester you about it. Annoyingly, you can’t alter your Taste Preferences anymore either.
There’s a very simple way to tell Netflix what you’ve enjoyed and what’s put you to sleep: ratings.
This not only helps your recommendations, but also makes sure Netflix focuses on securing the most popular content. After all, Netflix is shedding a lot of content, so we might as well appeal to them to keep the best of the best over, say, The Last Airbender.
You can also filter the search, so if you’re likely to enjoy any film starring Scarlett Johansson or Daniel Craig, you can filter the results accordingly. You also get short synopses and Metacritic scores enabling you to judge whether these are the right titles for you. Still, you have to then search Netflix to check your selected film is available to stream.
It’s not perfect. Type in “Marvel movies” and before you reach Guardians of the Galaxy, Thor: The Dark World, or Avengers: Age of Ultron, you’re presented with Antboy: Revenge of the Red Fury (not even DC, let alone Marvel). But despite these failings it remains a handy tool to help you find quality content.
One Final Tip: Read MakeUseOf
Netflix is full of quality content — and it turns out it’s pretty easy to separate the wheat from the chaff once you know what you’re doing.
How do you find movies you’re guaranteed to love on Netflix? Were you aware of all the tips outlined above? Or are some new to you? If you try any of them out please let us know whether they helped you find your next Netflix watch.