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List Rules Vote up your favorite East Asian actresses based on their English-language work.

This list ranks the best Asian actresses in American and English-speaking film history, ranked by your votes. Throughout the history of Hollywood, movies have featured talented actresses of Asian descent. These leading East Asian actresses have starred in every genre of film from stark dramas to slapstick comedies to fantastical musicals. Some of these Asian actresses have even won Academy Awards for their work.

Who are some of the greatest Asian actresses? Jennifer Tilly, whose father Harry Chan was Chinese, made our list. She was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Bullets Over BroadwayLucy Liu also appears on this list of the top Asian actresses. Lucy Liu received rave reviews for her work in films like Kill Bill and the Charlie's Angels franchise.

Miyoshi Umeki won an Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance in Sayonara. She later appeared in several TV series like The Donna Reed Show and Mister Ed. Spring Breakers actress Vanessa Hudgens, whose mother is of Filipino and Chinese descent, also made this list, as did the striking Wayne's World beauty, Tia Carrere.

Who do you think is the best Asian actress in the history of film? Did we include all of your favorite East Asian actresses? Vote on this list and share your thoughts in the comments section.
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Lucy Liu is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Lucy Liu Jerry Maguire, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, Kill Bill

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Grace Park is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Grace Park Battlestar Galactica: The Plan, Razor, Romeo Must Die

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Kelly Hu is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Kelly Hu Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension, Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan, X2

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Ming-Na Wen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
RMCLAUCHLAN added Ming-Na Wen Mulan, Prom Night, The Joy Luck Club

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Zhang Ziyi is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Zhang Ziyi Rush Hour 2, House of Flying Daggers, Memoirs of a Geisha

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Tia Carrere is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Tia Carrere Wayne's World, Back in the Day, Scooby-Doo!

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Gong Li is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Lucy Tokairin added Gong Li Memoirs of a Geisha, Miami Vice, Raise the Red Lantern

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Kristin Kreuk is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Kristin Kreuk EuroTrip, Ben Hur, Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li

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Linda Park is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
RMCLAUCHLAN added Linda Park Jurassic Park III, Infestation, Spectres

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Nichole Bloom is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Nichole Bloom Project X, Model Minority

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Maggie Q is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Maggie Q Rush Hour 2, Around the World in 80 Days, Deception

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Moon Bloodgood is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Moon Bloodgood Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!, Pathfinder, Terminator Salvation

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Joan Chen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Joan Chen Avatar, Heaven & Earth, Wedlock

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Jamie Chung is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Jamie Chung Sorority Row, Premium Rush, Grown Ups

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Li Bingbing is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Lucy Tokairin added Li Bingbing Resident Evil: Retribution, A World Without Thieves, Purple Butterfly

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Constance Wu is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Constance Wu The Architect, Stephanie Daley, Sound of My Voice

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Arden Cho is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Arden Cho Mega Python vs. Gatoroid, Walking the Halls, Hood Rats 2

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Bai Ling is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Bai Ling Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Wild Wild West, The Confidant

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Shu Qi is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Shu Qi A Beautiful Life, The Transporter, Love

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Fan Bingbing is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Lucy Tokairin added Fan Bingbing Iron Man 3, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Cell Phone

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Brenda Song is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Brenda Song First Kiss, The Little Engine That Could, The Suite Life of Zack & Cody: Sweet Suite Victory

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Katie Leung is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
jaidyn-page added Katie Leung (Cho Chang) Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2

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Meg Tilly is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Meg Tilly The Two Jakes, The Big Chill, One Dark Night

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Sheila Tejada is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
LalaTejay added Sheila Tejada Dangerous Attraction - Ray Donovan, Driving While Black

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Michelle Yeoh is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Guest_61b9cf9a-6cf4-408b-be91-3755748df7a7 added Michelle Yeoh Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Sunshine

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Rinko Kikuchi is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Rinko Kikuchi 47 Ronin, Babel, Pacific Rim

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Chloe Bennet is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
bigcraig added Chloe Bennet

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Jennifer Tilly is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Jennifer Tilly Bride of Chucky, Bound, Bullets Over Broadway

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Vanessa Hudgens is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Vanessa Hudgens Beastly, Spring Breakers, High School Musical

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Chasty Ballesteros is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Chasty Ballesteros The Internship, Neighbors, Cavemen

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Chi-ling Lin is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Lucy Tokairin added Chi-ling Lin Red Cliff, Red Cliff II, The Treasure Hunter

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Dichen Lachman is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
bigcraig added Dichen Lachman Aquamarine, Safety in Numbers, Aztec Rex

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Vanessa Minnillo is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Vanessa Minnillo Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Disaster Movie, This Little Piggy

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Devon Aoki is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Devon Aoki 2 Fast 2 Furious, Sin City, Death of a Dynasty

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Nikki SooHoo is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Nikki SooHoo Stick It, The Lovely Bones, Bring It On: Fight to the Finish

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Olga Kurylenko is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Olga Kurylenko Seven Psychopaths, Centurion, Oblivion

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Elodie Yung is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Elodie Yung The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Great Challenge, G.I. Joe: Retaliation

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Katie Chang is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Katie Chang The Bling Ring, A Birder's Guide to Everything

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Hailee Steinfeld is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Hailee Steinfeld Romeo and Juliet, Ender's Game, True Grit

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Tao Okamoto is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Tao Okamoto The Wolverine, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

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Lindsay Price is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Lindsay Price Club Dread, Angus, Lonely Street

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Malese Jow is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Malese Jow Bratz: The Movie, The Social Network, Aliens in the Attic

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22 15
Yūko Takeuchi is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Lucy Tokairin added Yūko Takeuchi Ring, Team Batista no Eikō, Be with You

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Kim Yoon-jin is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
bigcraig added Kim Yoon-jin Shiri, Ardor, Harmony

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Bae Doona is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Bae Doona Cloud Atlas, As One, Doomsday Book

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Ally Maki is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
bigcraig added Ally Maki Step Up 3D, Amelia's 25th, The Family Tree

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Shannyn Sossamon is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Shannyn Sossamon One Missed Call, Wristcutters: A Love Story, The Rules of Attraction

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Nancy Kwan is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
RMCLAUCHLAN added Nancy Kwan Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story, Flower Drum Song, Lt. Robin Crusoe

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Christina Chong is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Christina Chong Johnny English Reborn, W.E, Legacy

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Tamlyn Tomita is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Guest_61b9cf9a-6cf4-408b-be91-3755748df7a7 added Tamlyn Tomita The Day After Tomorrow, Four Rooms, The Karate Kid