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These Are the Most Popular Rom-Com Movies in Every State

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Hello, lovers. More specifically, hello lovers who live in states. You know who you are. You know where you are. But do you know your state’s favorite romantic comedy, or “rom-com?” does.

We understand if you aren’t ready to meet the love of your cinematic life. But love comes when you least expect it.

At any moment, cosmic forces — like a listicle from “Harper’s Bazaar,” other people’s internet searches within a particular date range, and some rando with a platform analyzing that data — might conspire to tell you your state’s favorite rom-com. That moment is now.

But this is the 21st century, and our study results are just data. If you don’t vibe with your state’s favorite unrealistic romance fantasy, you don’t have to marry it.

So let’s take a noncommittal look at your state’s preferred rom-com — and then we’ll gobble ice cream and overanalyze the results.

Popularity contest

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Which of the six rom-coms in this list is the biggest Baldwin (hint)?

Well, the world is butt-crazy in love with “Clueless,” to paraphrase Cher Horowitz (Alicia Silverstone) in the film. May Silverstone’s second come-up never end.

Here’s how many states dig the same film:

  • “Clueless” — 27
  • “Bridesmaids” — 17
  • “10 Things I Hate About You” — 2
  • “As Good As It Gets” — 2
  • “Sleepless in Seattle” — 1
  • “500 Days of Summer” — 1

Read on to see which states love each of these rom-coms.


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  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Connecticut
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Virginia
  • Vermont
  • West Virginia


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  • Alaska
  • Colorado
  • Delaware
  • Hawaii
  • Iowa
  • Maine
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • New Hampshire
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Dakota
  • Wisconsin

“10 Things I Hate About You”

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  • Utah
  • Wyoming

“As Good As It Gets”

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  • Idaho
  • Massachusetts

“Sleepless in Seattle”

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  • Washington

“500 Days of Summer”

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  • California

The hottest goss

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So many rom-coms start with a breakup. Let’s make a group text and dish on who dumped their old favorite rom-com for new hotness.

  • After a super sad breakup with “The Princess Bride” and a polyamorous experiment with “Groundhog Day” and “Clueless,” Idaho has chosen its bae: “As Good As It Gets.”
  • New Hampshire gets around, having had previous dalliances with “Groundhog Day,” “10 Things I Hate About You,” and “The Princess Bride.” Now the Granite State is all over “Bridesmaids.” No shame, tho.
  • Oregon risks losing its hipster card after dumping the artsy “Amélie” and cult classic “The Princess Bride” to run off with “Bridesmaids.”
  • Vermont called it quits with “Love Actually,” then took up with “10 Things I Hate About You” — and now the Green Mountain State is into “Clueless.” Why so fickle, Vermont?

Lean in — it gets better. Actually, no state is still with their “favorite” rom-com from last year. Do we love it? It’s drama — so of course we do.

Perfect matches

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We didn’t set out to be matchmakers with this study, but the data reveals two potential perfect matches.

  • Washington is still all about “Sleepless in Seattle” ‘cause, like, OMG, Seattle is in Washington. It’s like it was meant to be.
  • California and “10 Things I Hate About You” seemed perfect together — until “500 Days of Summer” came along. Do we smell a new mashup rom-com idea?

Bizarre love triangles

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Four states and two rom-coms formed two love triangles:

  • In 2022, Wyoming dumped “10 Things I Hate About You” to play peek-a-boo with “Groundhog Day.” Then the Cowboy State rode back into “10 Things’” life and is now in a love triangle with Utah. (If it sounds steamy, it’s totally not — I mean, Utah.)
  • Massachusetts and Idaho get to fight over who settles for “As Good As It Gets.”

Are these films, being torn between two lover-states, breakin’ all the rules? Not in the age of ethical non-monogamy. Otherwise, given their body counts on this list, “Clueless” and “Bridesmaids” would be feelin’ like fools. And this is the age of no shaming.

Celluloid singles!

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These movies didn’t appear in our data this year, so they’re fair game.

  • “Love Actually” — Does the entire country now hate love, actually?
  • “The Princess Bride” — Inconceivable!
  • “Groundhog Day” — If Punxsutawney Phil can’t find love, it’s gonna be six more weeks of emotional winter.

Your state’s favorite rom-com

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The following list shows each state’s fav rom-com in 2023 followed by the previous fav rom-com(s) in 2022.

  • Alabama: “Clueless” — “10 Things I Hate About You,” “The Princess Bride”
  • Alaska: “Bridesmaids” — “Groundhog Day”
  • Arizona: “Clueless” — “The Princess Bride”
  • Arkansas: “Clueless” — “10 Things I Hate About You,” “Clueless”
  • California: “500 Days of Summer” — “10 Things I Hate About You”
  • Colorado: “Bridesmaids” — “10 Things I Hate About You”
  • Connecticut: “Clueless” — “Groundhog Day”
  • Delaware: “Bridesmaids” — “Clueless”
  • Florida: “Clueless” — “10 Things I Hate About You”
  • Georgia: “Clueless” — “The Princess Bride”
  • Hawaii: “Bridesmaids” — “10 Things I Hate About You”
  • Idaho: “As Good As It Gets” —”Groundhog Day,” “Clueless”
  • Illinois: “Clueless” — “The Princess Bride”
  • Indiana: “Clueless” — “The Princess Bride”
  • Iowa: “Bridesmaids” — “The Princess Bride”
  • Kansas: “Clueless” — “The Princess Bride”
  • Kentucky: “Clueless” — “Clueless”
  • Louisiana: “Clueless” — “Clueless”
  • Maine: “Bridesmaids” — “10 Things I Hate About You”
  • Maryland: “Clueless” — “The Princess Bride”
  • Massachusetts: “As Good As It Gets” — “The Princess Bride”
  • Michigan: “Bridesmaids” — “The Princess Bride”
  • Minnesota: “Bridesmaids” — “The Princess Bride”
  • Mississippi: “Clueless” — “The Princess Bride”
  • Missouri: “Clueless” — “10 Things I Hate About You”
  • Montana: “Clueless” — “Clueless,” “Love Actually”
  • Nebraska: “Clueless” — “10 Things I Hate About You”
  • Nevada: “Clueless” — “Clueless”
  • New Hampshire: “Bridesmaids” — “10 Things I Hate About You,” “The Princess Bride”
  • New Jersey: “Clueless” — “10 Things I Hate About You”
  • New Mexico: “Clueless” — “The Princess Bride”
  • New York: “Clueless” — “10 Things I Hate About You”
  • North Carolina: “Clueless” — “10 Things I Hate About You”
  • North Dakota: “Bridesmaids” — “Groundhog Day,” “The Princess Bride”
  • Ohio: “Bridesmaids” — “Groundhog Day,” “10 Things I Hate About You”
  • Oklahoma: “Bridesmaids” — “Clueless”
  • Oregon: “Bridesmaids” — “The Princess Bride”
  • Pennsylvania: “Bridesmaids” — “10 Things I Hate About You”
  • Rhode Island: “Bridesmaids” — “Love Actually,” “The Princess Bride”
  • South Carolina: “Clueless” — “10 Things I Hate About You”
  • South Dakota: “Bridesmaids” — “10 Things I Hate About You”
  • Tennessee: “Clueless” — “10 Things I Hate About You,” “The Princess Bride”
  • Texas: “Clueless” — “The Princess Bride”
  • Utah: “10 Things I Hate About You” — “Love Actually”
  • Vermont: “Clueless” — “10 Things I Hate About You”
  • Virginia: “Clueless” — “10 Things I Hate About You”
  • Washington: “Sleepless in Seattle” — “Groundhog Day”
  • West Virginia: “Clueless” — “Groundhog Day,” “Clueless”
  • Wisconsin: “Bridesmaids” — “10 Things I Hate About You,” “The Princess Bride”
  • Wyoming: “10 Things I Hate About You” — “Groundhog Day”


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We consulted a list from Harper’s Bazaar” to determine the 10 most iconic rom-coms of all time. Then, we analyzed Google search data from each state throughout 2023 to determine which rom-com was searched for the most in each state.

The most-searched movie in each state was deemed that state’s favorite.

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