This Is Illinois' Favorite '80s Movie, According to a New Report

A new report revealed each state's favorite movie from the '80s, and Illinois' pick should come as no surprise. 

Chicago-set “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” is Illinois’ favorite ‘80s movie, according to streaming information website How to Watch

What may surprise some Illinoisans is that the Land of Lincoln stands out as the only state where the iconic teen comedy flick is the most popular, according to the report.

“Back to the Future” was the most popular film on the list, with seven states picking Marty McFly's epic tale as their favorite: Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah, Kansas, Michigan and New Jersey.

To come up with the rankings, How to Watch says they examined the popularity of the decade’s films on film site and then cross-referenced that data with Google search volume for those films in each state.

The report noted that the country’s "flyover" states seem to like movies that prominently feature planes. “Top Gun” was a favorite in Missouri, Nebraska and Wyoming, while “Airplane!” was favored in Ohio, Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota.

Some regions also saw states sharing favorite film genres, if not the exact same films. New England has a heavy concentration of sci-fi lovers and the northern Midwest seems to like action and military flicks such as “Full Metal Jacket” and “Die Hard,” according to the report.

To view the full report, and each state's favorite flick, click here.

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