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24 Best Western Books of All Time


Our goal: Find the best Western books according to the internet (not just one random person's opinion).

    Here's what we did:
  1. Type "best western books" into our search engine and study the top 5+ pages.
  2. Add only the books mentioned 2+ times.
  3. Rank the results neatly for you here! šŸ˜Š
    (It was a lot of work. But hey! That's why we're here, right?)

(Updated 2024)

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Last Updated: Monday 1 Jan, 2024

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  1. 1
    Lonesome Dove

    Lonesome Dove

    A Novel

    Larry McMurtry

  2. 2
    True Grit

    True Grit

    A Novel

    Charles Portis

  3. 3
    The Sisters Brothers

    The Sisters Brothers

    Patrick deWitt

  4. 5
    The Son

    The Son

    Philipp Meyer

  5. 6
    Hondo

    Hondo

    A Novel

    Louis L'Amour

  6. 7
    The Searchers

    The Searchers

    Alan Le May

  7. 8
    Little Big Man
  8. 9
    El Paso

    El Paso

    A Novel

    Winston Groom

  9. 12
    The Dark Tower I
  10. 15
    Little House on the Prairie

    Little House on the Prairie

    Laura Ingalls Wilder

  11. 16
    Shane

    Shane

    Jack Schaefer

  12. 17
    The Virginian

    The Virginian

    Owen Wister

  13. 18
    Close Range
  14. 19
    The Ox-Bow Incident

    The Ox-Bow Incident

    Walter Van Tilburg Clark

  15. 20
    The Shootist

    The Shootist

    Glendon Swarthout

  16. 21
    The Time It Never Rained
  17. 22
    Smoky the Cowhorse
  18. 23
    The Longhorns

    The Longhorns

    J. Frank Dobie

  19. 24
    Ramrod

    Ramrod

    Luke Short

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