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24 Best Western Books of All Time


Our goal: Build the most true list of best Western books.

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

(Updated 2022)

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    Appears in 5 articles
  2. 2

    True Grit

    A Novel

    Charles Portis

    Appears in 4 articles
  3. 3

    The Son

    Philipp Meyer

    Appears in 4 articles
  4. 4

    The Sisters Brothers

    Patrick deWitt

    Appears in 4 articles
  5. 5
    Appears in 4 articles
  6. 6

    Hondo

    A Novel

    Louis L'Amour

    Appears in 4 articles
  7. 7

    The Searchers

    Alan Le May

    Appears in 3 articles
  8. 9
    Appears in 3 articles
  9. 10

    El Paso

    A Novel

    Winston Groom

    Appears in 3 articles
  10. 11
    Appears in 2 articles
  11. 12
    Appears in 2 articles
  12. 13

    Little House on the Prairie

    Laura Ingalls Wilder

    Appears in 2 articles
  13. 14

    The Virginian

    Owen Wister

    Appears in 2 articles
  14. 15
    Appears in 2 articles
  15. 16

    The Shootist

    Glendon Swarthout

    Appears in 2 articles
  16. 17

    The Ox-Bow Incident

    Walter Van Tilburg Clark

    Appears in 2 articles
  17. 18

    The Longhorns

    J. Frank Dobie

    Appears in 2 articles
  18. 19
    Appears in 2 articles
  19. 20

    Shane

    Jack Schaefer

    Appears in 2 articles
  20. 21

    Ramrod

    Luke Short

    Appears in 2 articles
  21. 22

    My Ántonia

    Willa Cather

    Appears in 2 articles
  22. 23
    Appears in 2 articles
  23. 24
    Appears in 2 articles

FAQ

  • How was this 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 books are in this list?

    There are 24 books in this list.

  • Why did you create this list?

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

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