VOTE 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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906 276
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
626 178
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
519 162
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
442 131
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
437 134
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
446 211
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
393 151
Nichole Bloom is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Project X, Model Minority

8
362 218
Tia Carrere is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Wayne's World, Back in the Day, Scooby-Doo!

9
418 250
Jamie Chung is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Sorority Row, Premium Rush, Grown Ups

10
218 108
Shu Qi is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
A Beautiful Life, The Transporter, Love

11
213 117
Joan Chen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Avatar, Heaven & Earth, Wedlock

12
104 20
Michelle Yeoh is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
David S. Kimura added Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Sunshine

13
300 155
Constance Wu is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
The Architect, Stephanie Daley, Sound of My Voice

14
299 156
Gong Li is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Lucy Tokairin added Memoirs of a Geisha, Miami Vice, Raise the Red Lantern

15
273 170
Vanessa Hudgens is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Beastly, Spring Breakers, High School Musical

16
208 108
Chloe Bennet is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
bigcraig added Chloe Bennet

17
263 135
Brenda Song is listed (or ranked) 17 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

18
192 86
Li Bingbing is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Lucy Tokairin added Resident Evil: Retribution, A World Without Thieves, Purple Butterfly

19
295 178
Kristin Kreuk is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
EuroTrip, Ben Hur, Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li

20
173 84
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
190 128
Moon Bloodgood is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!, Pathfinder, Terminator Salvation

22
166 85
Fan Bingbing is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Lucy Tokairin added Iron Man 3, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Cell Phone

23
218 95
Arden Cho is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Mega Python vs. Gatoroid, Walking the Halls, Hood Rats 2

24
190 113
Linda Park is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
RMCLAUCHLAN added Jurassic Park III, Infestation, Spectres

25
175 99
Rinko Kikuchi is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
47 Ronin, Babel, Pacific Rim

26
229 159
Bai Ling is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Wild Wild West, The Confidant

27
153 102
Devon Aoki is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
2 Fast 2 Furious, Sin City, Death of a Dynasty

28
149 108
Olga Kurylenko is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Seven Psychopaths, Centurion, Oblivion

29
117 79
Chasty Ballesteros is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
The Internship, Neighbors, Cavemen

30
97 53
Chi-ling Lin is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Lucy Tokairin added Red Cliff, Red Cliff II, The Treasure Hunter

31
59 24
Tamlyn Tomita is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Pete Bohmbach added The Day After Tomorrow, Four Rooms, The Karate Kid

32
151 109
Hailee Steinfeld is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Romeo and Juliet, Ender's Game, True Grit

33
172 130
Meg Tilly is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
The Two Jakes, The Big Chill, One Dark Night

34
194 173
Jennifer Tilly is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Bride of Chucky, Bound, Bullets Over Broadway

35
76 52
Yūko Takeuchi is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Lucy Tokairin added Ring, Team Batista no Eikō, Be with You

36
27 7
Olivia Munn is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
David S. Kimura added Iron Man 2, Magic Mike, Date Night

37
89 68
Lindsay Price is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Club Dread, Angus, Lonely Street

38
94 75
Katie Chang is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
The Bling Ring, A Birder's Guide to Everything

39
106 69
Elodie Yung is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Great Challenge, G.I. Joe: Retaliation

40
67 48
Yunjin Kim is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
bigcraig added Shiri, Ardor, Harmony

41
83 67
Malese Jow is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Bratz: The Movie, The Social Network, Aliens in the Attic

42
101 72
Bae Doona is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Cloud Atlas, As One, Doomsday Book

43
92 82
Tao Okamoto is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
The Wolverine, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

44
52 57
Sheila Tejada is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
LalaTejay added Dangerous Attraction -

Ray Donovan, Driving While Black

45
84 78
Dichen Lachman is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
bigcraig added Aquamarine, Safety in Numbers, Aztec Rex

46
53 46
Ally Maki is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
bigcraig added Step Up 3D, Amelia's 25th, The Family Tree

47
82 89
Vanessa Minnillo is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Disaster Movie, This Little Piggy

48
79 61
Nikki SooHoo is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Stick It, The Lovely Bones, Bring It On: Fight to the Finish

49
22 6
Claudia Kim is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
David S. Kimura added The Avengers: Age of Ultron

50
23 7
Gemma Chan is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
David S. Kimura added Exam, Submarine, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit