Western Movies and TV Shows

Did you know that the movie High Noon was based on the short story, “The Tin Star”? Did you know that the TV show The Virginian was based on a book that literary experts consider to be the very first Western novel? Did you know that LONESOME DOVE is the second book in a series by Larry McMurtry?

Take the opportunity to read the books that your favorite western shows and films were based on. Who knows what neat insights you’ll gain?

Here is a list of Western books that movies and TV shows were based upon that we have in the TBP collection.

TELEVISION SHOWS

Gunsmoke

DAY OF THE GUNFIGHTER by Joseph A. West (BRC 01270)

Justified

Raylan Givens Series by Elmore Leonard

1.     PRONTO (DB 37320, BR 21514)
2.     RIDING THE RAP (DB 75230, BR 10359)
3.     WHEN THE WOMEN COME OUT TO DANCE: STORIES (DB 55963, BR 14648)
4.     RAYLAN (DB 74284, BR 19487)

Virginian

VIRGINIAN: A HORSEMAN OF THE PLAINS by Owen Wister (DB 36421, BR 16196, LB 00331)

FILMS

Best of the West Series by Bill Pronzini

1.     BEST OF THE WEST: STORIES THAT INSPIRED CLASSIC WESTERN FILMS (DB 55165)
2.     BEST OF THE WEST II: STORIES THAT INSPIRED CLASSIC WESTERN FILMS (DB 47923)
3.     BEST OF THE WEST III: MORE STORIES THAT INSPIRED CLASSIC WESTERN FILMS (DB 48644)

All the Pretty Horses

ALL THE PRETTY HORSES: THE BORDER TRILOGY, VOLUME I by Cormac McCarthy (DB 34043)

Assassination of Jesse James

ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD, ROBERT FORD by Ron Hansen (DBC 16651, BR 05670)

Big Country

BIG COUNTRY by Don Hamilton (DB 57773)

Dances with Wolves

DANCES WITH WOLVES by Michael Blake (DB 32009)

High Noon

CENTURY OF GREAT WESTERN STORIES includes the short story “The Tin Star” by John W. Cunningham (DB 51381, LB 07487)

Little Big Man

LITTLE BIG MAN by Thomas Berger (DB 32463)

Lonesome Dove

LONESOME DOVE by Larry McMurtry (DB 22959, BR 13696)

MacKenna’s Gold

MACKENNA’S GOLD by Will Henry (DB 34699)

Man Who Shot Liberty Valence

MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE AND A MAN CALLED HORSE, LOST SISTER, THE HANGING TREE by Dorothy M. Johnson (DB 64881)

Missing

LAST RIDE by Tom Eidson (DB 40965, LB 04746)

Open Range

OPEN RANGE MEN by Lauran Paine (DB 32457)

Outlaw Josey Wales

JOSEY WALES: TWO WESTERNS, GONE TO TEXAS AND THE VENGEANCE TRAIL OF JOSEY WALES by Forrest Carter (DB 56451)

Ox-Bow Incident

OX-BOW INCIDENT by Walter Van Tilburg Clark (DB 52564, BR 13679)

Searchers

SEARCHERS by Alan Le May (DB 69294, BRC 00476)
SEARCHERS: THE MAKING OF AN AMERICAN LEGEND by Glenn Frankel (DB 76467)

Shane

SHANE by Jack Schaefer (DB 60163, BR 13561)

Shootist

SHOOTIST by Glendon Swarthout (DB 55309, LB 05175)

Stagecoach

CENTURY OF GREAT WESTERN STORIES includes the short story “The Stage to Lordsburg” by Ernest Haycox (DB 51381, LB 07487)

Treasure of the Sierra Madre

TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE by B. Traven (DB 45216, LB 01289)

True Grit

TRUE GRIT by Charles Portis (DB 44219, BR 19212, LB 06837)

Weird Westerns

What happens when eerie things occur in the west? You get weird Westerns. Here at the Texas Talking Book Program we have creepy cowboys, ghoulish gunslingers, and paranormal pardners of all kinds. So, consider spending some time on the frontier where fantasy meets the wild weird West.

BLOOD RIDERS by Michael P. Spradlin (DB 76040)
BUNTLINE SPECIAL: A WEIRD WEST TALE by Michael D. Resnick (DB 92468)
DEAD MAN’S HAND: AN ANTHOLOGY OF THE WEIRD WEST (DB 79467)
FLAMING ZEPPELINS: THE ADVENTURES OF NED THE SEAL by Joe R. Lansdale (DBC 04855)
GUNSLINGER: THE DARK TOWER, VOLUME 1 by Stephen King (DB 62356)
HAUNTED MESA by Louis L’Amour (DB 26016)
HERMANO by Carmen Baca (DBC 10279) en español
IN THE VALLEY OF THE SUN: A NOVEL by Andy Davidson (DB 90852; LB 09283)
MAN IN THE BLACK HAT by Melissa Bowersock (DBC 12879)
OF GRAVE CONCERN: AN OPHELIA WYLDE PARANORMAL MYSTERY by Max McCoy (DC 06565)
PORTLANDTOWN: A TALE OF THE OREGON WYLDES by Rob Deborde (DB 75792)
RAZORED SADDLES (DBC 14471)
SILVER ON THE ROAD: A DEVIL’S WEST NOVEL by Laura Anne Gilman (DB 83792)
SIX-GUN TAROT: A GOLGOTHA NOVEL by R. S. Belcher (DB 76240)
THOUSAND CRIMES OF MING TSU by Tom Lin (DB 104311)
UNBURY CAROL by Josh Malerman (DB 90710)
VERMILION: THE ADVENTURES OF LOU MERRIWETHER, PSYCHOPOMP by Molly Tanzer (DB 84396)

Contemporary Western Mystery Series

Are you a fan of the Longmire TV show that aired on Netflix? Were you sad when it got cancelled? Here is a list of Modern Western Crime Series that you may enjoy in the TBP collection. We’ve listed the first book in the series to get you started.

Anna Pigeon Mystery Series
TRACK OF THE CAT by Nevada Barr (DB 65648, BR 21546, LB 10965)
Blanco County, Texas Series
BUCK FEVER by Ben Rehder (DBC 14681)
Charlie Moon Series
SHAMAN SINGS by James D. Doss (DB 41500)
Garrett Kohl Series
DOWN RANGE by Taylor Moore (DBC 26465)
Highway 59 Series
BLUEBIRD, BLUEBIRD by Attica Locke (DB 89420)
Jamaica Wild Series
WILD INDIGO by Sandi Ault (DR 04167)
JOANNA BRADY MYSTERY SERIES [BOOKS 1-3]: DESERT HEAT; TOMBSTONE COURAGE; SHOOT DON’T SHOOT by Judith Jance (DB 81543)
Joe Pickett Series
OPEN SEASON by C. J. Box (DB 53008, BR 21980, LB 04838)
Leaphorn and Chee Mystery Series
BLESSING WAY by Tony Hillerman (DB 49586, BR 01357)
Posadas County Mystery Series
SCAVENGERS by Steven Havill (DB 60574)
Sheriff Bo Tully Series
BLIGHT WAY by Patrick McManus (DB 66502)
Sheriff Dan Rhodes Series
TOO LATE TO DIE by Bill Crider (DB 26149)
Texana Jones Mystery Series
DEATH OF A HEALING WOMAN by Allana Martin (DB 47921)
Walt Longmire Series
COLD DISH by Craig Johnson (DB 69906, LB 07672)

Staff Pick – Laura Jean– BLACK RIVER by S. M. Hulse: BR 20669, DB 80695

Do you enjoy psychological fiction with flawed but sympathetic characters set amidst the backdrop of the modern West? You might enjoy BLACK RIVER, by S. M. Hulse. Leisurely paced with a strong sense of place, Black River won the 2015 Reading the West Book Award and was nominated for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize in 2015.

NLS Annotation: Wes Carver has not returned to Black River since he was held hostage in a prison riot while serving as a corrections officer. Now his former captor, Bobby Williams, is up for release, and Wes must consider what he believes and whether he can let Williams walk away. Some violence and some strong language. 2014.

If you have already read this book, or simply enjoy modern westerns told in a lyrical style that delve into the thoughts of the characters, you might also enjoy The Plainsong series by Kent Haruf.