Which Rom-com Movie Does Your State Love to Watch During Valentine's Day?

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Valentine’s Day and rom-com movies are inseparable. Think of it as a culture deeply rooted in our existence, and for all the good reasons, lovebirds will find at least one romantic-comedy movie to mark the day.

We’ve done some research and compiled a list of the most popular rom-com movies per state during that special day – based on the numbers from the past years, 2018 to 2020. And while the preferences varied per state, there were some common trends and comparisons across the three years. 

For example, household names like “Pretty Woman” and “Princess Bride” lost the popularity battle to a 2018 hit, “The Crazy Rich Asians” in 2019. However, the latter failed to maintain the hype in 2020, and yet again, it was outperformed by the same competitors. Below is a detailed comparison of these trends.

Favorite Romantic Comedies in Each State during Valentine’s Day (from 2018 to 2020)

State 2020 2019 2018
Alabama Pretty Woman Pretty Woman Pretty Woman
Alaska Pretty Woman Pretty Woman Pretty Woman
Arizona Clueless Pretty Woman Clueless
Arkansas He's Just Not That into You Pretty Woman The Proposal
California The Princess Bride Crazy Rich Asians The Princess Bride
Colorado The Princess Bride Crazy Rich Asians The Princess Bride
Connecticut Pretty Woman Pretty Woman Pretty Woman
Delaware Love Actually Love Actually Pretty in Pink
District of Columbia Something’s Gotta Give Sleepless in Seattle The Princess Bride
Florida The Proposal Pretty Woman Pretty Woman
Georgia When Harry Met Sally When Harry Met Sally Pretty Woman
Hawaii 50 First Dates 50 First Dates 50 First Dates
Idaho Clueless The Princess Bride Clueless
Illinois The Princess Bride He's Just Not That into You The Princess Bride
Indiana The Princess Bride Love Actually Love Actually
Iowa 10 Things I Hate About You The Break-Up The Proposal
Kansas The Princess Bride Pretty Woman Pretty Woman
Kentucky Clueless Crazy Rich Asians Love Actually
Louisiana The Break-Up The Princess Bride The Princess Bride
Maine He's Just Not That into You Love Actually He's Just Not That into You
Maryland Jerry Maguire The Princess Bride The Princess Bride
Massachusetts The Proposal Love Actually He's Just Not That into You
Michigan The Princess Bride The Princess Bride The Princess Bride
Minnesota 50 First Dates He's Just Not That into You The Princess Bride
Mississippi He's Just Not That into You Pretty Woman Pretty Woman
Missouri The Proposal Clueless He's Just Not That into You
Montana Clueless The Princess Bride Clueless
Nebraska The 40-Year-Old Virgin The Proposal The Princess Bride
Nevada There's Something About Mary There's Something About Mary He's Just Not That into You
New Hampshire The Proposal The Proposal The Proposal
New Jersey He's Just Not That into You The Proposal Love Actually
New Mexico The Princess Bride The Princess Bride The Princess Bride
New York Crazy Rich Asians Pretty Woman Pretty Woman
North Carolina 10 Things I Hate About You Love Actually The Princess Bride
North Dakota Clueless Clueless Love Actually
Ohio Sixteen Candles Sixteen Candles Sixteen Candles
Oklahoma The Princess Bride He's Just Not That into You He's Just Not That into You
Oregon The Princess Bride Crazy Rich Asians Love Actually
Pennsylvania The Proposal Crazy Rich Asians Pretty Woman
Rhode Island Say Anything Say Anything Pretty Woman
South Carolina Clueless Clueless The Proposal
South Dakota The Proposal Crazy Rich Asians The Proposal
Tennessee Sleepless in Seattle The Proposal Pretty Woman
Texas Pretty Woman Pretty Woman Pretty Woman
Utah Clueless Pretty Woman Clueless
Vermont - Love Actually Pretty Woman
Virginia Pretty Woman Crazy Rich Asians Pretty Woman
Washington The Princess Bride The Princess Bride The Princess Bride
West Virginia Pretty Woman - Pretty Woman
Wisconsin The 40-Year-Old Virgin - The 40-Year-Old Virgin
Wyoming - - -

While most states continued to enjoy one or two rom-com movies for valentine in the 3 years we analyzed, some states like Kentucky, Oregon, and Pennsylvania had a varying taste throughout the focus period, 2018 – 2020. 

The Choice of U.S for Valentine’s Day

On a national scale, the most popular rom-com movies for Valentine’s Day for each the three years were as follows:

2018: Pretty Woman

The 1990 romantic comedy movie has accumulated nearly half a billion dollars internationally in box office success. Pretty Woman didn’t have much of a competition in 2018 and wasn’t only the most searched but also the most popular rom-com movie during the 2018 valentine’s period.

pretty woman

2019: Pretty Woman

In 2019, Pretty Woman still managed to top the list despite stiff competitors such as the “Crazy Rich Asians.” The latter was released in August 2018 and made a whopping $238 million internationally, making it one of the most popular rom-coms in modern history.

2020: The Princess Bride

The action, fantasy, adventure, and comedy movie was the most popular take for valentine in 2020. This 1987 film is based on a novel of the same title that also earned its own loyal audience.

princess bride

For Valentine Dates, Some States Trust Only ONE Rom-com

It’s pretty evident that some states only trust one favorite rom-com for the V-day. By extrapolation, these are people who don’t want new movies, characters, or scenes spoiling the great moments with their loved ones – so they would instead stick to what they know best. 

Alabama, Alaska, and Connecticut all preferred “Pretty Woman” to any other rom-com for the 3 consecutive years, while “The Princess Bride” became popular in New Mexico, Washington, and Michigan from 2018 through 2020.

Other states that followed the same trend are Ohio (Sixteen Candles), New Hampshire (The Proposal), and Hawaii (50 First Dates).

“Hometown Child” Is Not Always The Choice for Valentine’s Day

Throughout the year, surveys have shown that people love to watch rom-com movies filmed in their hometown. However, our analysis paints a different picture during valentines. From the numbers, not many people preferred to watch romantic comedy movies filmed in their home states on Valentine’s day. 

Out of the four romantic movies we analyzed, only one was popular in their hometown, the “50 First Dates” filmed in Hawaii. Alabama’s “Sweet Home Alabama” and Alaska’s “The Proposal” were both outshined by Los Angeles’ “The Pretty Woman.”

Another rom-com that didn’t receive much attention at home was Washington’s very own, “The Sleepless in Seattle,” outperformed by its classical counterpart, “The Princess Bride,” filmed in the U.K.

Crazy Rich Asians: The New Hero for 2019 Valentine’s Day (But The Zero for 2020)

As you would expect, people’s choices and decisions keep changing, and so do their taste for movies and entertainment. In August 2018, the Crazy Rich Asians, a rom-com based on a 2013 novel of the same title, was released, and it became a huge hit.

From our records, the movie became very popular in seven states during 2019 Valentine’s Day, overtaking some classical romantic comedies such as “Pretty Woman” and “The Princess Bride” in states like California, Colorado, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

However, the trend didn’t last that long. In 2020, the film’s hype faded, and some states like California, Colorado, South Dakota, and Virginia were back to their 2018 favorites. 

While it’s pretty early to estimate the fate of this 2018 rom-com, it’s worth noting that for the one year it debuted in the market, it made huge waves that stretched to 2019 and saw it perform better than most rom-com movies in the market. 

Methodology

From this list of U.S favorite rom-coms suggested by Google, we use Google Trends and Google AdWords to compare the total search volume of terms like “where to watch Pretty Woman”, “watch Pretty Woman online” and other similar terms during Valentine’s Day in each state. From there, we were able to create this list of favorite romance comedies in each state during Valentine’s Day .

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