We have a pretty good idea which genre of movie you’ll be enjoying this Valentine’s Day.

According to the expert analysts at Mindnet Analytics — a consulting firm that studies Google and social media trends — “romantic movies” experiences a 400% spike in interest on the annual day of love. Of course, this isn’t terribly surprising as couples typically pair dinner with a movie. And in order to figure out which movie they’ll watch — you guessed it — they need to Google it.

Over here at KillTheCableBill.com, though, we like to take things to the next level. We were more interested in which movie specifically each state was most obsessed with relative to other states. Surprisingly, the results vary dramatically when comparing all 50 states plus our nation’s capital.

 

Interesting finds

Before we get to the official list of romantic movies each state is obsessed with, we wanted to share some interesting statistics:

  • There are some romantic movies that multiple states are obsessed with, including Stolen Kisses, Her, Now Voyager, and others
  • D.C., Vermont, Maine, and New York  are the top four states interested in romantic movies, respectively
  • Florida is least concerned with romantic movies, followed by North Carolina, Georgia, and Texas
  • Residents in Pennsylvania were most obsessed with “The Philadelphia Story”
  • “Once,” proved to be an “obsessed” worthy movie in the West, including in California, Oregon and Arizona
  • The top romantic movie Delaware is obsessed with? “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”

 

Methodology

It’s not rocket science to figure out the romantic movie each state is obsessed with, but it’s also certainly not a walk in the park.

The folks at Mindnet Analytics started with the top 100 best fresh romantic movies from Rotten Tomatoes in order to determine a set of candidate movies that each could possibly be obsessed with.

From there, they searched each movie on Google trends using state-wise search frequencies. So, for example, a search for “Gone With The Wind” may have shown that people in Georgia searched that film more than any other state. (Of course, “Gone With The Wind” takes place in Georgia, which is why The Peach State is most obsessed with it.)

This doesn’t mean that the fine people of Georgia necessarily searched for “Gone With The Wind” more than any other movie. It just means they searched for that movie more than any other state.

Now, some movies, like “Her,” come with a fairly ambiguous Google search result. In those instances, Google Trend search filter category 34 was used to only account for movies.

Only search frequencies from Feb. 1, 2019 through Jan. 31, 2020 were analyzed.

 

Each state’s romantic movie obsession

AlabamaHer
AlaskaThe Princess Bride
ArizonaOnce
ArkansasThe Shape of Water
CaliforniaOnce
ColoradoGhost
ConnecticutSay Anything
DelawareThe Curious Case of Benjamin Button
FloridaBeauty and the Beast
GeorgiaGone With The Wind
HawaiiSay Anything
IdahoNow, Voyager
IllionisStolen Kiss
IndianaWeekend
IowaSouthside With You
KansasManhattan
KentuckyStolen Kisses
LouisianaNow, Voyager
MaineSingin' In The Rain
MarylandHer
MassachusettsWings of Desire
MichiganWeekend
MinnesotaAll That Heaven Allows
MississippiAn Officer and a Gentleman
MissouriThe Shop Around The Corner
MontanaCyrano de Bergerac
NebraskaThe Philadelphia Story
NevadaA Room With a View
New HampshireMy Beautiful Laundrette
New JerseyWest Side Story
New MexicoLost in Translation
New YorkSunrise: A Song of Two Humans
North CarolinaHer
North DakotaAway From Her
OhioGhost
OklahomaIt Happened Once Night
OregonOnce
PennsylvaniaThe Philadelphia Story
Rhode IslandBefore Sunrise
South CarolinaStolen Kisses
South DakotaCity Lights
TennesseeStolen Kisses
TexasCasablanca
UtahThe Umbrellas of Cherbourg
VermontWuthering Heights
VirginiaA Very Long Engagement
WashingtonNow, Voyager
Washington, D.C.Letter From An Unknown Woman
West VirginiaBright Star
WisconsinStolen Kisses
WyomingWest Side Story

 

Interest in romantic movies by state

locationinterestrank
Washington, D.C.1001
Vermont992
Maine963.5
New York963.5
Utah955
Connecticut946
Massachusetts937.5
Oregon937.5
Alaska929.5
Rhode Island929.5
Washington9111
New Hampshire9012
California8913
Idaho8814.5
Montana8814.5
Delaware8716
Hawaii8517
North Dakota8418.5
West Virginia8418.5
Arizona8323.5
Colorado8323.5
Iowa8323.5
Kansas8323.5
Nebraska8323.5
New Mexico8323.5
Virginia8323.5
Wyoming8323.5
Minnesota8228
Arkansas8131.5
Illinois8131.5
New Jersey8131.5
Oklahoma8131.5
Pennsylvania8131.5
South Dakota8131.5
Indiana8036.5
Kentucky8036.5
Maryland8036.5
Missouri8036.5
Nevada7939
Ohio7840.5
Tennessee7840.5
Michigan7742.5
Wisconsin7742.5
Alabama7644.5
South Carolina7644.5
Mississippi7546
Louisiana7447
Texas7348
Georgia7149.5
North Carolina7149.5
Florida7051

Andrew Dodson

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