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17 Best Westerns Books of All Time


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

Our process:
1. Search for "best westerns 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!
    1

    Lonesome Dove

    A Novel

    Larry McMurtry

    Appears in 5 articles
  2. 2

    True Grit

    A Novel

    Charles Portis

    Appears in 4 articles
  3. 3

    Hondo

    A Novel

    Louis L'Amour

    Appears in 4 articles
  4. 4

    The Sisters Brothers

    Patrick deWitt

    Appears in 3 articles
  5. 5
    Appears in 3 articles
  6. 6

    Shane

    Jack Schaefer

    Appears in 3 articles
  7. 8
    Appears in 3 articles
  8. 9
    Appears in 2 articles
  9. 10

    The Son

    Philipp Meyer

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

    The Searchers

    Alan Le May

    Appears in 2 articles
  12. 13

    The Shootist

    Glendon Swarthout

    Appears in 2 articles
  13. 14
    Appears in 2 articles
  14. 15
    Appears in 2 articles
  15. 16

    Centennial

    A Novel

    James A. Michener

    Appears in 2 articles
  16. 17

    Butcher's Crossing

    John Williams

    Appears in 2 articles

FAQ

  • How was this Westerns books list created?

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

  • How many Westerns books are in this list?

    There are 17 books in this list.

  • Why did you create this Westerns books list?

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

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