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The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History

Updated September 20, 2021 37.7k votes 5.3k voters 164.7k 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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    Jerry Maguire, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle
  • 2
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    322
    Battlestar Galactica: The Plan, Razor
  • 3
    960
    278
    Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension, Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan
  • 4
    870
    266
    RMCLAUCHLAN addedMulan, Prom Night
  • 5
    624
    241
    David S. Kimura addedCrouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  • 6
    850
    298
    Rush Hour 2, House of Flying Daggers
  • 7
    297
    137
    Pete Bohmbach addedThe Day After Tomorrow, Four Rooms
  • 8
    374
    141
    David S. Kimura addedIron Man 2, Magic Mike
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    488
    309
    bigcraig added
  • 10
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    419
    EuroTrip, Ben Hur
  • 11
    695
    457
    Sorority Row, Premium Rush
  • 12
    506
    323
    First Kiss, The Little Engine That Could
  • 13
    197
    84
    David S. Kimura addedKill Bill Volume 1, Kill Bill Volume 2
  • 14
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    461
    Wayne's World, Back in the Day
  • 15
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    377
    The Architect, Stephanie Daley
  • 16
    300
    86
    David S. Kimura addedExam, Submarine
  • 17
    202
    59
    David S. Kimura addedThe Forbidden Kingdom, The Four
  • 18
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    518
    Rush Hour 2, Around the World in 80 Days
  • 19
    116
    48
    GabriellaRanks addedThe Princess Diaries, Sideways
  • 20
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    379
    Project X, Model Minority
  • 21
    241
    146
    The Internship, Neighbors
  • 22
    195
    60
    David S. Kimura addedWhat Dreams May Come, Freaky Friday
  • 23
    180
    52
    David S. Kimura addedThe Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • 24
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    110
    Lucy Tokairin addedRed Cliff, Red Cliff II
  • 25
    314
    207
    Seven Psychopaths, Centurion
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List Rules: Vote up your favorite East Asian actresses based on their English-language work.