The actor, Ray Liotta passed away on May 26th, 2022. He is best known for his in Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas, but the actor has done outstanding work in many other movies. Before coming to the movies, Liotta was a part of TV shows like Casablanca, Another World, and Our Family Honor. Though Goodfellas is the movie that made him a star, his performance in Field of Dreams, Something Wild, and Dominik and Eugene are also memorable. He added a charm to every role he played. Check out the list of movies that fans debate are the best works of Ray Liotta apart from Goodfellas.
Unlawful Entry is one of the best movies of Ray Liotta
The 1992 film, Unlawful Entry is a “bad cop” thriller by Jonathan Kaplan. The movie also starred Kurt Russell and Madeleine Stowe as a married couple. After a house burglary, the two call the cops, and the answering cop is played by Liotta. He comes in to investigate and falls in love with Stowe’s character. He then tries to win her over despite the efforts of her husband. It was the first time Liotta played a villain and yet did it so skillfully that viewers loved him. He even added the good-boy charm to it.
No Escape is Ray Liotta’s best work
The 1994 futuristic sci-fi movie, No Escape is ironically set in 2022. It is directed by Martin Campbell and the actor played one of the best heroic roles in his career. In the movie, Ray Liotta plays the character, Captain J.T. Robbins. He is a soldier who is sent to Absolom for killing his commanding officer. Now, Absolom was a prison island with the most dangerous criminals in the world. Also, it is split into two fractions and Robbins has to pick aside. But he decides to escape the inescapable island. The actor did a great job playing the positive protagonist while he was typecasted more with negative roles.
Cop Land has to be on the list
The 1997 Sylvester Stallone starter cop film is one of the best cop movies Ray Liotta was in. The movie also has other great actors in its cast like Robert De Niro, Harvey Keitel, Peter Berg, Janeane Garofalo, Robert Patrick, Annabella Sciorra, Noah Emmerich, and Edie Falco. Sheriff Freddy Heflin (Sylvester Stallone) tries to get to the bottom of the spreading corruption in his department. He is joined by Gary Figgis, who is involved in it but is trying to escape. The actor did a great job playing the erratic, untrustworthy cop. Liotta managed to create layers, giving depth to the character.
Narc is one of the best movies of Ray Liotta
The 2002 movie was the theatrical debut of Joe Carnahan. Narc was an acting showcase for Jason Patric and Ray Liotta. It is a gritty thriller based on two officers trying to solve a mystery. Jason Patric plays Nick Tellis who is a narcotics officer. He is on a case with Liotta’s Henry Oak to solve the mystery of Oak’s partner’s murder. Also, it is hard to guess the answers as the movie is a quest to uncover or hide the real truth. This was another layered performance with a hard-to-judge character by the actor.
Observe & Report has a great performance by the actor
The 2009 comedy has to be one of the most underrated movies in the genre. It is a raunchy, hilarious, yet violent movie by Jody Hill. Also, it has some great performances by Ray Liotta, Seth Rogen, and Micheal Pena. It is another cop movie with the actor playing the detective Harrison who is brought to solve a case. The mystery of the flasher in the mall that the delusional mall cop played by Rogen is failing to solve. This time his cop role is different as he deals with an incompetent team and also teaches Rogen’s cop a lesson. He switches from gritty to funny effortlessly as the movie demands.