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24 Best Western Books of All Time


Our goal: Find what the internet ranks as the best Western books (instead of one person's opinion).

    Our process:
  1. Search for "best western books" and study the top 5 articles.
  2. Add only the books mentioned 2+ times.
  3. Rank the results neatly for you here! 😊
    (This took a long time, but we do the research so you don't have to!)

(Updated 2022)

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  1. MOST RECOMMENDED!
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    True Grit

    A Novel

    Charles Portis

  3. 3

    The Sisters Brothers

    Patrick deWitt

  4. 5

    The Son

    Philipp Meyer

  5. 6

    Hondo

    A Novel

    Louis L'Amour

  6. 7

    The Searchers

    Alan Le May

  7. 8
  8. 9

    El Paso

    A Novel

    Winston Groom

  9. 11
  10. 12
  11. 15

    Little House on the Prairie

    Laura Ingalls Wilder

  12. 16

    Shane

    Jack Schaefer

  13. 17

    The Virginian

    Owen Wister

  14. 18
  15. 19

    The Ox-Bow Incident

    Walter Van Tilburg Clark

  16. 20

    The Shootist

    Glendon Swarthout

  17. 21
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  19. 23

    The Longhorns

    J. Frank Dobie

  20. 24

    Ramrod

    Luke Short

FAQ

  • How was this Western books list created?

    We searched for "best Western books", found the top 5 articles, took every book mentioned in 2+ articles, and averaged their rankings.

  • How many Western books are in this list?

    There are 24 books in this list.

  • Why did you create this Western books list?

    We wanted to gather the most accurate list of Western books on the internet.

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