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The Romantic Movie Each US State Loves Most [2021 Edition]

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For many people, Valentine’s Day is not worth the stress and cost of going out — regardless of how in love they may feel. It’s better to stay home with that special someone and watch your favorite romantic movie. But what movie should you watch while you snuggle up?

We partnered with Mindnet Analytics to take a look at the favorite romantic movie of each state and the District of Columbia (DC). Using data from Google Trends and Rotten Tomatoes, we not only found each favorite but also how their interest in romances compared to other states.

Check out the results for 2021 below!

Some Interesting Finds

  1. “Gone with the Wind” claims the top spot, ranking as the top romantic movie in five states: Alabama, Kentucky, Ohia, Tennessee, and Virginia.
  2. “Beauty and the Beast,” “Her,” “The Little Mermaid,” and “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” were some of the most popular across the country.
  3. Many states picked movies that were locally based. Illinois was most obsessed with “The Big Sick,” based in Chicago. New York still thinks that “Brooklyn” is the best romantic film. Washington state naturally is most obsessed with “Sleepless in Seattle.”
  4. Georgia shifted interests this year toward “Romeo and Juliet”, but “Gone With the Wind” (based in Georgia) was a top favorite in neighboring states of Tennessee and Alabama.
  5. Washington D.C. showed the highest level of interest in romantic movies, followed by Vermont, Rhode Island, Maine, Utah, and Alaska.
  6. Georgia showed the least interest in romantic movies, followed by Louisiana, Florida, Mississippi, the Carolinas, Alabama, and Texas.

Interest Levels by State

states' interest in romantic movies
StateInterest Rank
Washinton D.C.1
Vermont2
Rhode Island3
Maine4
Utah5
Alaska6
Massachusetts7
Connecticut8
New Hampshire9.5
Wyoming9.5
California12
Delaware12
Oregon12
Idaho14
Montana15.5
Washington15.5
New York17
New Mexico18
Nebraska19
Hawaii20
Arizona24.5
Colorado24.5
Illinois24.5
Iowa24.5
Kansas24.5
Minnesota24.5
Missouri24.5
New Jersey24.5
South Dakota30
Virginia30
Wisconsin30
Nevada33
Pennsylvania33
West Virginia33
Ohio35
Arkansas37.5
Maryland37.5
North Dakota37.5
Oklahoma37.5
Indiana40
Kentucky41.5
Michigan41.5
Tennessee43.5
Texas43.5
Alabama45
North Carolina46
South Carolina47
Mississippi48
Florida49.5
Louisiana49.5
Georgia51

Each State’s Romantic Movie Pick

#LocationMovie Most Obsessed With
1AlabamaGone With The Wind
2AlaskaWuthering Heights
3ArizonaGiant
4ArkansasGhost
5CaliforniaEternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind
6ColoradoOnce
7ConnecticutGhost
8DelawareHowards End
9District of ColumbiaWhen Harry Met Sally
10FloridaThe Little Mermaid
11GeorgiaRomeo And Juliet
12HawaiiThe Little Mermaid
13IdahoHowards End
14IllinoisThe Big Sick
15IndianaTitanic
16IowaBull Durham
17KansasJerry Maguire
18KentuckyGone With The Wind
19LouisianaThe Curious Case Of Benjamin Button
20MaineDirty Dancing
21MarylandHer
22MassachusettsJerry Maguire
23MichiganOnce
24MinnesotaJerry Maguire
25MississippiTitanic
26MissouriThe Shop Around The Corner
27MontanaThe Shape Of Water
28NebraskaEternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind
29NevadaOnce
30New HampshireTo Catch A Thief
31New JerseyEternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind
32New MexicoKnocked Up
33New YorkBrooklyn
34North CarolinaThe Big Sick
35North DakotaTitanic
36OhioGone With The Wind
37OklahomaBeauty And The Beast
38OregonEnchanted
39PennsylvaniaBeauty And The Beast
40Rhode IslandThe Town
41South CarolinaHer
42South DakotaSlumdog Millionaire
43TennesseeGone With The Wind
44TexasHer
45UtahHowards End
46VermontCold War
47VirginiaGone With The Wind
48WashingtonSleepless In Seattle
49West VirginiaBeauty And The Beast
50WisconsinThe Little Mermaid
51WyomingLove Actually

Methodological Summary

[Analysis conducted by Mindnet Analytics in partnership with Kill the Cable Bill]

First we used the list of the top 100 best fresh romantic movies from Rotten Tomatoes to determine a set of candidate movies that each state might be most obsessed with and the Rotten Tomatoes Top 100 Romance Movies. We combined these lists and then removed duplicates.

The data used to determine which movie each state is most obsessed with came from Google Trends state-wise search frequencies. In order to avoid counting searches for things that share the name of a movie such as “Her” we used the Google Trends search filter category 34 to return only counts of searches for movies. We only counted search frequencies from February 1st, 2020 through January 20th, 2021.

For our map of romantic movie interest by state, we summed the search frequencies for all movies on our list for each state. Thus the states that we find have more romantic movie interest are the ones that searched more for the most romantic movies.

By William Parker

William Parker covers cord cutting for KTCB. He's an avid cord cutter, uses Netflix and Disney+ incessantly, and loves to tell everyone about it. Contact him at [email protected]

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