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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902 276
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
624 177
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
518 162
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
440 131
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
437 133
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
446 210
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
392 150
Nichole Bloom is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Project X, Model Minority

8
361 218
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
103 19
Michelle Yeoh is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
David S. Kimura added Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Sunshine

10
213 116
Joan Chen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Avatar, Heaven & Earth, Wedlock

11
415 250
Jamie Chung is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Sorority Row, Premium Rush, Grown Ups

12
217 108
Shu Qi is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
A Beautiful Life, The Transporter, Love

13
298 156
Gong Li is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Lucy Tokairin added Memoirs of a Geisha, Miami Vice, Raise the Red Lantern

14
297 155
Constance Wu is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
The Architect, Stephanie Daley, Sound of My Voice

15
272 168
Vanessa Hudgens is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Beastly, Spring Breakers, High School Musical

16
263 134
Brenda Song is listed (or ranked) 16 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

17
207 108
Chloe Bennet is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
bigcraig added Chloe Bennet

18
191 85
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
293 178
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
170 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
189 128
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
165 84
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
215 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
190 112
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
174 99
Rinko Kikuchi is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
47 Ronin, Babel, Pacific Rim

26
228 159
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
152 102
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
148 108
Olga Kurylenko is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Seven Psychopaths, Centurion, Oblivion

29
116 79
Chasty Ballesteros is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
The Internship, Neighbors, Cavemen

30
97 52
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
58 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
150 109
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
171 130
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
193 173
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 51
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
88 68
Lindsay Price is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Club Dread, Angus, Lonely Street

37
24 7
Olivia Munn is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
David S. Kimura added Iron Man 2, Magic Mike, Date Night

38
66 47
Yunjin Kim is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
bigcraig added Shiri, Ardor, Harmony

39
105 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
92 75
Katie Chang is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
The Bling Ring, A Birder's Guide to Everything

41
82 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 71
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 81
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 56
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 77
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
82 88
Vanessa Minnillo is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Disaster Movie, This Little Piggy

47
52 46
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
79 60
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
23 6
Gemma Chan is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
David S. Kimura added Exam, Submarine, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

50
13 10
Sandrine Holt is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
sfyl added Underworld: Awakening, Resident Evil: Retribution, Resident Evil: Apocalypse