Ray Liotta was a gifted actor, portraying an array of characters during his film career, the Newark, New Jersey native got his big break in the film Something Wild in 1986 playing the role of Ray Sinclair, for which he received various nominations.

Liotta’s career would be defined by one movie, Martin Scorsese’s mafia epic Goodfellas, more on that later, but along the way Liotta did lend himself to voice acting, dramas, and comedies.

Recently Liotta had starred in movies such as the Sopranos prequel The Many Saints of Newark and Hubie Halloween, and had two completed films yet to be released and was tied to three others upon his death. Here are five Ray Liotta films to consider when remembering this fine actor.

Marriage Story

While a small role it is an important one as Liotta plays divorce attorney Jay Marotta, the film centers around a couple that is getting a divorce and the emotional battle that such an endeavor has on the two parties. Liotta plays Marotta with his classic wit and cold humor. The film itself is an excellent personal story of couples living out one of the most difficult things they can go through, separating.

Where can I watch? Netflix


In 2002 Liotta starred in the Joe Carnahan film about two police detectives investigating the murder of an undercover police officer. The film earned Liotta an Independent Spirit Award nomination for best supporting actor.

Where can I watch? Hulu and FuboTV

Cop Land

In an all-star cast that includes Sylvester Stallone, Harvey Keitel, Robert De Niro, Janeane Garofalo, and Robert Patrick, Liotta’s wild and drug addicted cop Gary "Figgsy" Figgis stands out in a story of corrupt police officers who live in a neighborhood made up entirely of cops.

Where can I watch? HBO Max

Field of Dreams

The Kevin Costner classic about a farmer who builds a baseball diamond in his crop field that attracts the ghosts of famous ball players of the past where Liotta plays Shoeless Joe Jackson, is a love poem to baseball.

Where can I watch? Amazon Prime


The film that defined the career of Ray Liotta, Goodfellas is the true-life story of former Lucchese crime family associate Henry Hill and his life of crime from the 1950’s - 1980’s. The film is powerful as it gives the audience a real life look at what it was like to be an everyday gangster at the height of the New York mafia.

Liotta gives a glowing performance and more than holds his own alongside Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci, the film is an American masterpiece of storytelling and editing.

Where can I watch? HBO Max