Here’s the Holiday Movie Your State is Most Obsessed with Mapped

The holidays are upon us, and there’s no better way to get in the spirit of the season than by watching your favorite holiday movie. But did you know that your go-to holiday movie could be influenced by where you live?

Using data from Rotten Tomatoes and other public sources, we put together a list of the most popular holiday movies of all time. Then, we worked with the team at Mindnet Analytics and used Google Trends data to determine which holiday movie each state was most obsessed with relative to other states.

When you see some of the movies that made the list of most popular holiday films, you might question if some of these are really considered Christmas flicks. If you’re a purist who only considers movies like White Christmas or Miracle on 34th Street to be holiday films, you might be a little surprised to see titles like Batman Returns and Die Hard, but every movie on the list has the holidays as a central theme.


Interesting Finds

  • The holiday movie that was the favorite in the largest number of states in 2019 is Gremlins
  • Some of the holiday movies that multiple states across the country are obsessed with include Batman ReturnsBlack ChristmasDie Hard, Home Alone, and Gremlins
  • Interestingly, not a single state was most obsessed with classics It’s a Wonderful Life or Miracle on 34th Street


The Holiday Movie Each State is Most Obsessed With

Don’t want to use the map above? Here are the full findings in an alphabetized list:

AlabamaBlack Christmas
ArizonaBad Santa
ArkansasBatman Returns
CaliforniaEdward Scissorhands
ConnecticutChristmas in Connecticut
DelawareBlack Christmas
District of ColumbiaTrading Places
FloridaBatman Returns
GeorgiaBlack Christmas
HawaiiTrading Places
IdahoFrosty the Snowman
IowaHome Alone
KentuckyBatman Returns
LouisianaBlack Christmas
MaineBabes In Toyland
MarylandBatman Returns
MichiganHoliday Inn
MinnesotaHome Alone
MississippiThe Best Man Holiday
MissouriDie Hard
MontanaThe Snowman
NevadaEdward Scissorhands
New HampshireElf
New JerseyTrading Places
New MexicoGremlins
New YorkBatman Returns
North CarolinaBlack Christmas
North DakotaA Charlie Brown Christmas
OhioBlack Christmas
OregonDie Hard
PennsylvaniaTrading Places
Rhode IslandLove Actually
South CarolinaGremlins
South DakotaA Christmas Story
UtahWhite Christmas
VermontFrosty the Snowman
VirginiaDie Hard
WashingtonDie Hard
West VirginiaKrampus
WyomingHappy Christmas