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The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History

Updated September 20, 2021 37.3k votes 5.3k voters 163.4k views77 items

List RulesVote 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 numerous talented actors 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? Does the list include all of your favorite East Asian actresses? Vote on this list and share your thoughts in the comments section.

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  • 1
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    446
    Jerry Maguire, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle
  • 2
    1,154
    317
    Battlestar Galactica: The Plan, Razor
  • 3
    947
    271
    Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension, Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan
  • 4
    857
    261
    RMCLAUCHLAN addedMulan, Prom Night
  • 5
    839
    291
    Rush Hour 2, House of Flying Daggers
  • 6
    608
    238
    David S. Kimura addedCrouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  • 7
    291
    134
    Pete Bohmbach addedThe Day After Tomorrow, Four Rooms
  • 8
    364
    137
    David S. Kimura addedIron Man 2, Magic Mike
  • 9
    196
    81
    David S. Kimura addedKill Bill Volume 1, Kill Bill Volume 2
  • 10
    479
    305
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  • 11
    686
    453
    Sorority Row, Premium Rush
  • 12
    497
    320
    First Kiss, The Little Engine That Could
  • 13
    621
    415
    EuroTrip, Ben Hur
  • 14
    681
    455
    Wayne's World, Back in the Day
  • 15
    296
    81
    David S. Kimura addedExam, Submarine
  • 16
    616
    372
    The Architect, Stephanie Daley
  • 17
    198
    52
    David S. Kimura addedThe Forbidden Kingdom, The Four
  • 18
    237
    140
    The Internship, Neighbors
  • 19
    758
    378
    Project X, Model Minority
  • 20
    311
    199
    Seven Psychopaths, Centurion
  • 21
    698
    517
    Rush Hour 2, Around the World in 80 Days
  • 22
    192
    57
    David S. Kimura addedWhat Dreams May Come, Freaky Friday
  • 23
    195
    108
    Lucy Tokairin addedRed Cliff, Red Cliff II
  • 24
    178
    51
    David S. Kimura addedThe Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • 25
    598
    346
    Lucy Tokairin addedMemoirs of a Geisha, Miami Vice
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List Rules: Vote up your favorite East Asian actresses based on their English-language work.