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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796 239
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
568 154
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
451 142
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
372 114
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
396 114
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
403 190
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
338 185
Tia Carrere is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Wayne's World, Back in the Day, Scooby-Doo!

8
311 123
Nichole Bloom is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Project X, Model Minority

9
241 109
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
264 125
Gong Li is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Lucy Tokairin added Memoirs of a Geisha, Miami Vice, Raise the Red Lantern

11
367 215
Jamie Chung is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Sorority Row, Premium Rush, Grown Ups

12
160 56
Li Bingbing is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Lucy Tokairin added Resident Evil: Retribution, A World Without Thieves, Purple Butterfly

13
147 61
Katie Leung is listed (or ranked) 13 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

14
232 113
Brenda Song is listed (or ranked) 14 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

15
233 147
Vanessa Hudgens is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Beastly, Spring Breakers, High School Musical

16
142 63
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
266 161
Kristin Kreuk is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
EuroTrip, Ben Hur, Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li

18
188 100
Joan Chen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Avatar, Heaven & Earth, Wedlock

19
170 105
Moon Bloodgood is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!, Pathfinder, Terminator Salvation

20
186 93
Shu Qi is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
A Beautiful Life, The Transporter, Love

21
194 78
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
179 97
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
156 86
Rinko Kikuchi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
47 Ronin, Babel, Pacific Rim

24
135 82
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
101 61
Chasty Ballesteros is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
The Internship, Neighbors, Cavemen

26
206 143
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
157 90
Chloe Bennet is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
bigcraig added Chloe Bennet

28
129 87
Olga Kurylenko is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Seven Psychopaths, Centurion, Oblivion

29
77 42
Chi-ling Lin is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Lucy Tokairin added Red Cliff, Red Cliff II, The Treasure Hunter

30
126 91
Hailee Steinfeld is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Romeo and Juliet, Ender's Game, True Grit

31
179 151
Jennifer Tilly is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Bride of Chucky, Bound, Bullets Over Broadway

32
81 58
Katie Chang is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
The Bling Ring, A Birder's Guide to Everything

33
159 110
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
63 41
Yūko Takeuchi is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Lucy Tokairin added Ring, Team Batista no Eikō, Be with You

35
54 35
Yunjin Kim is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
bigcraig added Shiri, Ardor, Harmony

36
77 59
Lindsay Price is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Club Dread, Angus, Lonely Street

37
94 58
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
43 40
Sheila Tejada is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
LalaTejay added Dangerous Attraction - Ray Donovan, Driving While Black

39
76 60
Dichen Lachman is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
bigcraig added Aquamarine, Safety in Numbers, Aztec Rex

40
74 72
Vanessa Minnillo is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Disaster Movie, This Little Piggy

41
70 57
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
90 64
Bae Doona is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Cloud Atlas, As One, Doomsday Book

43
76 72
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
35 16
Chloe Bennet is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Chloe Bennet

45
80 83
Shannyn Sossamon is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
One Missed Call, Wristcutters: A Love Story, The Rules of Attraction

46
68 54
Nikki SooHoo is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Stick It, The Lovely Bones, Bring It On: Fight to the Finish

47
38 39
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
30 16
Tamlyn Tomita is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Pete Bohmbach added The Day After Tomorrow, Four Rooms, The Karate Kid

49
56 62
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
49 57
Christina Chong is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Johnny English Reborn, W.E, Legacy