‘Sixteen Candles’ ranked as IL’s favorite romantic comedy

Chicago’s favorite romantic comedy is the John Hughes’ classic Sixteen Candles, according to a report issued this week by research company Comparitech.

The 1984 coming-of-age comedy tells the story of a family that forgets about the 16-year-old birthday of their daughter and sister, Samantha, played by Molly Ringwald. After Samantha’s parents ignore her and her private quiz answer ends up in the wrong hands, her sixteenth birthday becomes anything but sweet.

Filmed extensively throughout Chicago’s North Shore, Sixteen Candles became a cultural touchstone of the Reagan era while launching Ringwald’s career and putting John Hughes on top of a genre that he helped to create.


The Comparitech report listed the favorite rom-coms for all fifty states. It contained several that ranked “movies that were shot in their own backyard” in the top spot.

Others included:

The Proposal
Starring Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds, The Proposal sees Margaret (Bullock), a New York editor, trying to convince Andrew (Reynolds) to marry her so he can receive a promotion (and she can fight off her imminent deportation to Canada). However, a trip to Andrew’s hometown (in Alaska), offers up a few surprises.

This coming-of-age movie which is loosely based on Jane Austen’s Emma has stood the test of time. Rich high-school girl, Cher (Alicia Silverstone), is coming to terms with adolescence and all it entails while helping a new student gain popularity.

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When Harry Met Sally
Released in 1989, this iconic film features Meg Ryan, Billy Crystal, and that infamous fake orgasm. It’s based on two college friends who try to figure out how they feel about one another when they are reunited several years after graduation.

Silver Linings Playbook
The most modern movie of this bunch, Silver Linings Playbook is adapted from Matthew Quick’s novel. Featuring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence (who won an Academy Award for her role), it follows Pat’s (Cooper) journey as he meets Tiffany (Lawrence) and tries to reconnect with his estranged wife.

10 Things I Hate About You
Based on Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, this rom-com from the late 90s stars Julia Stiles and the late Heath Ledger.

How did Comparitech come up with the list? Google, of course.

Using the search engine’s list of top romantic comedy movies, Comparitech searched each film individually on Google Trends to find which state scored the highest. The top result is the designated film for that state. If any state came up twice, they used the film that was more popular over the last 12 months. If a state didn’t appear top for any of the movies, the company searched through all of the films to see which ones came out on top in that state.