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The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History

Updated September 20, 2021 37.5k votes 5.3k voters 163.5k 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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  • 26
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    Mega Python vs. Gatoroid, Walking the Halls
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    338
    210
    Romeo and Juliet, Ender's Game
  • 28
    294
    187
    47 Ronin, Babel
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    143
    46
    David S. Kimura addedThe Amazing Spider-Man, Den Brother
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    105
    43
    GabriellaRanks addedThe Princess Diaries, Sideways
  • 31
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    195
    2 Fast 2 Furious, Sin City
  • 32
    314
    208
    jaidyn-page addedHarry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • 33
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    204
    Lucy Tokairin addedResident Evil: Retribution, A World Without Thieves
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    138
    45
    David S. Kimura addedScott Pilgrim vs. the World, Silent Night
  • 35
    129
    61
    Fist of Fury, Return of the Dragon
  • 36
    120
    39
    David S. Kimura addedKung Fu Hustle, Race to Witch Mountain
  • 37
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    233
    Avatar, Heaven & Earth
  • 38
    390
    292
    A Beautiful Life, The Transporter
  • 39
    185
    124
    bigcraig addedAquamarine, Safety in Numbers
  • 40
    271
    196
    Lucy Tokairin addedIron Man 3, X-Men: Days of Future Past
  • 41
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    100
    bigcraig addedShiri, Ardor
  • 42
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    352
    Beastly, Spring Breakers
  • 43
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    RMCLAUCHLAN addedJurassic Park III, Infestation
  • 44
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    112
    The Bling Ring, A Birder's Guide to Everything
  • 45
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    335
    Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!, Pathfinder
  • 46
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    322
    Bride of Chucky, Bound
  • 47
    178
    120
    Club Dread, Angus
  • 48
    180
    107
    Cloud Atlas, As One
  • 49
    162
    94
    Lucy Tokairin addedRing, Team Batista no Eikō
  • 50
    368
    311
    Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Wild Wild West
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List Rules: Vote up your favorite East Asian actresses based on their English-language work.