The Most Popular Rom-Com in Each State [2024]

We found out which romantic comedy available on Netflix is most popular in every state in the country. Is your favorite on the list?
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As Valentine's Day approaches, rom-com fans and their partners are cuddling up with their favorite movies. Whether you want characters fumbling into meet-cutes, agonizing over long-distance love, or rekindling a past flame, there are plenty of new and classic romantic comedies available to watch this time of year.

One such abundant source of Valentine’s-ready rom-coms is Netflix. The streaming service’s library boasts many genre classics, as well as a slew of original movies. And as rom-com lovers ourselves, the team at All About Cookies wanted to find out which of Netflix’s rom-com options are the most beloved.

Using Google Trends, we collected data on more than 75 romantic comedies currently available to watch on Netflix and assessed which is the most popular in every state in the country.

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The most popular romantic comedy on Netflix in each state
The most popular romantic comedies overall
Netflix originals vs. theatrical releases
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A map of the U.S. in pink and red showing the most popular rom-com on Netflix in each state.

Each state's most popular Netflix romantic comedy

State Movie
Alabama Nappily Ever After
Alaska The Proposal
Arizona The Lovebirds
Arkansas Pretty Woman
California Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
Colorado This Is 40
Connecticut Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga
Delaware Our Souls at Night
District of Columbia The Holiday
Florida Pretty Woman
Georgia Nappily Ever After
Hawaii Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Idaho Pretty Woman
Illinois The Out-Laws
Indiana All the Bright Places
Iowa No Hard Feelings
Kansas Someone Great
Kentucky Pretty Woman
Louisiana Falling Inn Love
Maine Love is in the Air
Maryland The Perfect Find
Massachusetts Along for the Ride
Michigan Set It Up
Minnesota This Is 40
Mississippi A Jazzman's Blues
Missouri Pretty Woman
Montana Resort to Love
Nebraska No Hard Feelings
Nevada I Am Not an Easy Man
New Hampshire Love is in the Air
New Jersey Along for the Ride
New Mexico Pretty Woman
New York Duck Butter
North Carolina The Perfect Find
North Dakota Greenberg
Ohio The Lovebirds
Oklahoma Can You Keep a Secret?
Oregon A Perfect Pairing
Pennsylvania Silver Linings Playbook
Rhode Island Meet the Parents
South Carolina Desperados
South Dakota Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
Tennessee Pretty Woman
Texas You've Got This
Utah Mamma Mia!
Vermont Call Me By Your Name
Virginia The Half of It
Washington Love, Guaranteed
West Virginia No Hard Feelings
Wisconsin Pretty Woman
Wyoming How Do You Know

Across the country, 35 different movies were most popular in at least one state. And some interesting trends emerge when we take a deeper look at the data.

In terms of overall popularity nationwide, the clear winner was “Pretty Woman” — an all-time classic rom-com that has been delighting movie lovers for more than 30 years. Meanwhile, second place went to “No Hard Feelings,” a movie that came out less than a year ago.

1990’s “Pretty Woman” was the most popular romantic comedy in eight different states. Starring Richard Gere and a 22-year-old Julia Roberts in one of her breakthrough roles, the movie was an enormous hit upon release and still ranks among the five highest-grossing romantic comedies of all time. Roberts’ performance has delighted fans for decades and earned her a Best Actress nomination at the Academy Awards.

Only one other rom-com was most popular in at least three states: The 2023 release “No Hard Feelings” starring Jennifer Lawrence. It was released in June of last year, and the movie was an immediate hit when it went to Netflix last October. This rom-com became the most-streamed title the week it was released, according to Nielsen data.

Netflix originals vs. theatrical releases

One interesting trend was how prevalent Netflix original films were throughout the final results. Netflix started producing and releasing their own movies and TV shows in 2012, and Netflix originals currently account for just over half of all content available on the service.

While the top two most popular rom-coms are traditional theatrical releases, Netflix originals were the most popular rom-coms in 23 states across the country. That speaks to how much fans of the romantic comedy genre enjoy Netflix-produced flicks.

Bottom line

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Methodology

All About Cookies collected data on romantic comedies listed in "Best Romantic Comedies on Netflix" articles from Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, Entertainment Weekly, Digital Trends, and IndieWire, all of which were published or updated between December 2023 and January 2024. We also included all movies found in the "Popular on Netflix" section of the site's "Romantic Comedies" category on January 22, 2024.

In total, we collected data on 79 different Romantic Comedies currently available on Netflix. Google Trends data was collected on 1/22/2024, with search parameters set to cover "The United States" for the time frame covering "Past 12 months." Ties within a state were broken by comparing tied shows directly in Google Trends with the specific state chosen as the geography.

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