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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823 254
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
583 163
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
466 148
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
393 119
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
410 117
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
418 194
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
341 132
Nichole Bloom is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Project X, Model Minority

8
344 201
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
259 125
Constance Wu is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
The Architect, Stephanie Daley, Sound of My Voice

10
377 229
Jamie Chung is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Sorority Row, Premium Rush, Grown Ups

11
271 136
Gong Li is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Lucy Tokairin added Memoirs of a Geisha, Miami Vice, Raise the Red Lantern

12
245 118
Brenda Song is listed (or ranked) 12 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

13
170 66
Li Bingbing is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Lucy Tokairin added Resident Evil: Retribution, A World Without Thieves, Purple Butterfly

14
247 155
Vanessa Hudgens is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Beastly, Spring Breakers, High School Musical

15
276 164
Kristin Kreuk is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
EuroTrip, Ben Hur, Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li

16
150 67
Fan Bingbing is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Lucy Tokairin added Iron Man 3, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Cell Phone

17
156 72
Katie Leung is listed (or ranked) 17 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

18
191 105
Joan Chen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Avatar, Heaven & Earth, Wedlock

19
195 96
Shu Qi is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
A Beautiful Life, The Transporter, Love

20
176 114
Moon Bloodgood is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!, Pathfinder, Terminator Salvation

21
200 87
Arden Cho is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Mega Python vs. Gatoroid, Walking the Halls, Hood Rats 2

22
181 103
Linda Park is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
RMCLAUCHLAN added Jurassic Park III, Infestation, Spectres

23
158 91
Rinko Kikuchi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
47 Ronin, Babel, Pacific Rim

24
139 92
Devon Aoki is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
2 Fast 2 Furious, Sin City, Death of a Dynasty

25
212 147
Bai Ling is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Wild Wild West, The Confidant

26
106 70
Chasty Ballesteros is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
The Internship, Neighbors, Cavemen

27
84 44
Chi-ling Lin is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Lucy Tokairin added Red Cliff, Red Cliff II, The Treasure Hunter

28
63 11
Michelle Yeoh is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
David S. Kimura added Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Sunshine

29
162 94
Chloe Bennet is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
bigcraig added Chloe Bennet

30
134 98
Olga Kurylenko is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Seven Psychopaths, Centurion, Oblivion

31
132 101
Hailee Steinfeld is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Romeo and Juliet, Ender's Game, True Grit

32
59 38
Yunjin Kim is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
bigcraig added Shiri, Ardor, Harmony

33
181 161
Jennifer Tilly is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Bride of Chucky, Bound, Bullets Over Broadway

34
81 61
Lindsay Price is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Club Dread, Angus, Lonely Street

35
65 45
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
85 67
Katie Chang is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
The Bling Ring, A Birder's Guide to Everything

37
97 60
Elodie Yung is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Great Challenge, G.I. Joe: Retaliation

38
160 120
Meg Tilly is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
The Two Jakes, The Big Chill, One Dark Night

39
45 18
Chloe Bennet is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Chloe Bennet

40
46 48
Sheila Tejada is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
LalaTejay added Dangerous Attraction -

Ray Donovan, Driving While Black

41
78 68
Dichen Lachman is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
bigcraig added Aquamarine, Safety in Numbers, Aztec Rex

42
73 62
Malese Jow is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Bratz: The Movie, The Social Network, Aliens in the Attic

43
83 74
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
76 80
Vanessa Minnillo is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Disaster Movie, This Little Piggy

45
43 17
Tamlyn Tomita is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Pete Bohmbach added The Day After Tomorrow, Four Rooms, The Karate Kid

46
91 66
Bae Doona is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Cloud Atlas, As One, Doomsday Book

47
43 41
Ally Maki is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
bigcraig added Step Up 3D, Amelia's 25th, The Family Tree

48
71 56
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
60 63
Nancy Kwan is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
RMCLAUCHLAN added Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story, Flower Drum Song, Lt. Robin Crusoe

50
81 91
Shannyn Sossamon is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
One Missed Call, Wristcutters: A Love Story, The Rules of Attraction