Ray Liotta’s 10 Best Movies: From Something Wild to Goodfellas

Ray Liotta had presence. He was scary when he was tough, but he was really scary when he was nice. In his film career, which began in 1983, he perfected the art of playing sharp, smart, tough men – be they lawyers, cops or, most importantly, gangsters.

He will always be remembered by a generation of computer game fans as the voice of Tommy Vercetti Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, a performance which in turn was indebted to and paid tribute to his distinguished screen career which sadly ended in his death at the age of 67.

Here are ten of Liotta’s biggest film roles.

10 Something wild (1986)

Liotta’s first major acting role was in Jonathan Demme’s screwball action comedy. Something wild. Jeff Daniels plays a yuppie investment banker whose road trip with the seductive Melanie Griffith is interrupted by her abusive ex-con boyfriend – played with convincing threats from Liotta, who was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor for his powerful performance.

9. cop country (1997)

James Mangold’s acclaimed neo-noir about corrupt New York police officers living in New Jersey brought together acting heavyweights like Robert De Niro, Sylvester Stallone and Harvey Keitel. For his part, Liotta competed as NYPD officer Gary Figgis with all three.

Liotta with Sopranos creator David Chase and The Many Saints of Newark co-star Alessandro Nivola

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8th. The Many Saints of Newark (2021)

The anticipation was great The sopranos prequel from creator David Chase, but few were prepared for Liotta’s turn as both “Hollywood Dick” Moltisanti and his twin brother Salvatore “Sally” Moltisanti. Liotta had previously been approached by Chase to appear in the third season of the sopranos, and the long-awaited arrival of the actor did not disappoint.

7. identity (2003)

Liotta collaborated with again cop country‘sJames Mangold on this loose-fitting adaptation of Agatha Christie’s 1939 crime thriller And then there weren’t any more. Part of an ensemble cast that also included John Cusack, Amanda Peet, Alfred Molina and Rebecca De Mornay, Liotta gives a multi-layered performance as a character who is not who he appears to be.

6. The place Beyond the Pines (2012)

In this crime drama from director Derek Cianfrance, Liotta plays Peter Deluca, a corrupt detective with power over Bradley Cooper’s cop Avery Cross. The role was written specifically for Liotta because of his role in Goodfellaswhich Cianfrance calls one of his favorite films.

Liotta at the premiere of ‘Marriage Story’

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5. history of marriage (2019)

In Noah Baumbach’s breakup drama, Adam Driver first prepares for a divorce from his wife (Scarlett Johansson) by choosing an affable lawyer, played in an avuncular manner by Alan Alda. Realizing he’d rather be represented by a no-nonsense ballbreaker, he switches to a shark – and who better to have in his corner than Ray Liotta?

4. field of dreams (1989)

Liotta played a pivotal role in Phil Alden Robinson’s sports fantasy about a farmer who builds a baseball field that attracts the ghosts of legends from the game. Playing real-life outfielder Shoeless Joe Jackson, Liotta was cast by Robinson for the “sense of danger” and ambiguity he brought to the supernatural role.

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3. Narc (2002)

Liotta showed his electrifying side in this two-handed race with Jason Patric. In Joe Carnahan’s underrated neo-noir, the two cops are on the hunt for a killer in an undercover agency, and Liotta gives one of his best performances of all time.

2. blow (2001)

Ted Demme (nephew of Something wild Director Jonathan) cast Liotta to play the father of real-life drug smuggler George Jung (Johnny Depp) and is his highly entertaining romp through the dizzying highs and devastating lows of the cocaine business.

Lorraine Bracco with Liotta in Goodfellas

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1. Goodfellas (1990)

Liotta has Robert De Niro to thank for his starring role, as the actor recommended him to director Martin Scorsese after seeing his explosive energy light up the screen Something wild. Liotta let neither of them down, delivering a captivating, candid, and at times hilarious lead in what is widely regarded as one of the best films of all time.

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JOE HERNANDEZ

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