Actresses The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History  

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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 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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992 296
Lucy Liu is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Jerry Maguire, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, Kill Bill

2
724 191
Grace Park is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Battlestar Galactica: The Plan, Razor, Romeo Must Die

3
561 176
Kelly Hu is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension, Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan, X2

4
485 142
Ming-Na Wen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
RMCLAUCHLAN added Mulan, Prom Night, The Joy Luck Club

5
470 163
Zhang Ziyi is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Rush Hour 2, House of Flying Daggers, Memoirs of a Geisha

6
483 263
Maggie Q is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Rush Hour 2, Around the World in 80 Days, Deception

7
439 266
Tia Carrere is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Wayne's World, Back in the Day, Scooby-Doo!

8
450 206
Nichole Bloom is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Project X, Model Minority

9
344 194
Gong Li is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Lucy Tokairin added Memoirs of a Geisha, Miami Vice, Raise the Red Lantern

10
246 167
Moon Bloodgood is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!, Pathfinder, Terminator Salvation

11
347 216
Kristin Kreuk is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
EuroTrip, Ben Hur, Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li

12
244 137
Linda Park is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
RMCLAUCHLAN added Jurassic Park III, Infestation, Spectres

13
229 131
Chloe Bennet is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
bigcraig added Chloe Bennet

14
444 300
Jamie Chung is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Sorority Row, Premium Rush, Grown Ups

15
332 206
Constance Wu is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
The Architect, Stephanie Daley, Sound of My Voice

16
296 222
Vanessa Hudgens is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Beastly, Spring Breakers, High School Musical

17
234 156
Shu Qi is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
A Beautiful Life, The Transporter, Love

18
228 165
Joan Chen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Avatar, Heaven & Earth, Wedlock

19
285 184
Brenda Song is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
First Kiss, The Little Engine That Could, The Suite Life of Zack & Cody: Sweet Suite Victory

20
196 126
Katie Leung is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
jaidyn-page added Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2

21
139 71
Michelle Yeoh is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
David S. Kimura added Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Sunshine

22
219 135
Meg Tilly is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
The Two Jakes, The Big Chill, One Dark Night

23
251 177
Jennifer Tilly is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Bride of Chucky, Bound, Bullets Over Broadway

24
213 132
Li Bingbing is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Lucy Tokairin added Resident Evil: Retribution, A World Without Thieves, Purple Butterfly

25
229 136
Arden Cho is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Mega Python vs. Gatoroid, Walking the Halls, Hood Rats 2