16 Best Darn Western Books of All Time

Lasso up these classics for your reading rodeo.

the cover of one of the best western novels, the assassination of jesse james

Best Historical Fiction Western


The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

By Ron Hansen

Best "You've Probably Never Heard of It" Western


The Hell Bent Kid

By Charles O. Locke

Best Nonfiction Western


Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

By Dee Brown

Best "Old School" Western


Riders of the Purple Sage

By Zane Grey

Best Romantic Western

Best Westerns Lonesome Dove

Lonesome Dove

By Larry McMurtry

Best "Shoot 'Em Up" Western

Best Westerns Blood Meridian

Blood Meridian

By Cormac McCarthy

Best Children's Western

Best Westerns Little House on the Prairie

Little House on the Prairie

By Laura Ingalls Wilder

Best "Lone Wolf" Western

Best Westerns Hondo


By Louis L'Amour

Best "Dynamic Duo" Western

Best Westerns The Sisters Brothers

The Sisters Brothers

By Patrick DeWitt

Best "Life on the Frontier" Western

Best Westerns My Antonia

My Ántonia

By Willa Cather

Best "Revenge Tale" Western

Best Westerns True Grit

True Grit

By Charles Portis

Best Story Behind the Western



By Brett Cogburn

Best Complicated Western


The Searchers

By Alan Le May

Best Western Noir

Best "Most Likely to be a Modern Classic" Western

Best Westerns The Son

The Son

By Philipp Meyer

Best Original Western


The Virginian

By Owen Wister