Which Rom-Com Is Your State in Love With?

As the winter of our discontent settles in, Americans turn to love to keep us warm. Viewers definitely have a thing for the quirky relationships that are standard romantic comedy fare, where happy endings come with a side of adorable. Here at CableTV.com, we’re also totally into laughable love stories, and we wondered if certain parts of the country are more obsessed with some titles than others.

What rom-com is the United States lovesick over? Apparently, we’re turning green with envy over Pretty in Pink, the throwback Molly Ringwald classic that stokes our 1980s nostalgia. It’s the belle of the ball, outshining other popular titles like Pretty Woman and About A Boy across large sections of the country.



How’d we arrive at which movie most states have been bitten with the love bug for? After analyzing this list from Google of the most popular romantic comedies, we cross-referenced it with Google Trends data to determine which movie folks in your state were snuggling up to.


State Fav Rom-Com
Alabama Sweet Home Alabama
Alaska The Proposal
Arizona Pretty in Pink
Arkansas About a Boy
California 500 Days of Summer
Colorado Prime
Connecticut Pretty Woman
Delaware Silver Linings Playbook
District of Columbia Bridget Jones’s Diary
Florida Pretty Woman
Georgia Pretty Woman
Hawaii 50 First Dates
Idaho The Princess Bride
Illinois The Break-Up
Indiana About a Boy
Iowa 10 Things I Hate About You
Kansas Pretty in Pink
Kentucky Pretty in Pink
Louisiana Pretty in Pink
Maine It Happened One Night
Maryland Four Weddings and a Funeral
Massachusetts As Good as It Gets
Michigan The 40-Year-Old Virgin
Minnesota Pretty in Pink
Mississippi About a Boy
Missouri Pretty in Pink
Montana As Good as It Gets
Nebraska Pretty in Pink
Nevada Pretty in Pink
New Hampshire Groundhog Day
New Jersey Along Came Polly
New Mexico Pretty in Pink
New York You’ve Got Mail
North Carolina Pretty in Pink
North Dakota Say Anything…
Ohio Groundhog Day
Oklahoma Pretty in Pink
Oregon Amélie
Pennsylvania Silver Linings Playbook
Rhode Island There’s Something About Mary
South Carolina Knocked Up
South Dakota Knocked Up
Tennessee Pretty in Pink
Texas Pretty in Pink
Utah How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
Vermont Love Actually
Virginia He’s Just Not That into You
Washington Sleepless in Seattle
West Virginia About a Boy
Wisconsin Pretty in Pink
Wyoming 10 Things I Hate About You

Further digging into the data that romantic comedy preferences follow other viewing trends pretty closely. Take  closer look at what your state is lovesick for and why.

Hometown Heroes

We said it once and we’ll say it again. Everybody likes movies that hail from their hometown.

  • Washington stays up late for Sleepless in Seattle.
  • Alaska put a ring on The Proposal.
  • It’s always 500 Days of Summer in California.
  • Pennsylvania is wins at the game of love with Silver Linings Playbook.
  • For Hawaii, it feels like the first time every time in 50 First Dates.
  • New Yorkers are always ready to check if You’ve Got Mail.
  • Alabama brings it home with Sweet Home Alabama.


Regional Rom-Coms

Clusters of romantic comedies dominate certain areas of the country. In general, we find predictable patterns of viewing behavior that follow several of other mapped movie trends.

  • Large parts of the South and Midwest keep it traditional with Pretty in Pink.
  • The east coast has a preference for movies from across the pond.
    • West Virginia, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Indiana are all crazy About a Boy.
    • Love Actually really is everywhere in Vermont.
    • Maryland is nuts about 4 Weddings and a Funeral.
    • Bridget Jones’s Diary is a bestseller in D.C.
  • The Mountain West likes their romance with a side of sassy and snarky.
    • Utah’s got the method for How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
    • The Princess Bride is Idaho’s fantasy escape.
    • Wyoming can’t help but fall in love with 10 Things I Hate About You.


Comedic Clichés

Some popular favorites by state enforce regional clichés that are just too good to pass up commenting on.

  • Maine, which has the oldest median age in the United States, goes old school with It Happened One Night.
  • Oregon keeps it weird with Amélie, a quirky French film about an off-beat romance.
  • South Dakota, which rates in the top five highest birth rates in the U.S., gets Knocked Up a little more often.


Are you head over heels with the favorite romantic comedy from your state? Share the love.