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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1
967 295
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
692 190
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
554 173
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
478 141
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
464 160
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
480 236
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
414 229
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
411 183
Nichole Bloom is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Project X, Model Minority

9
224 134
Moon Bloodgood is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!, Pathfinder, Terminator Salvation

10
330 184
Kristin Kreuk is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
EuroTrip, Ben Hur, Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li

11
323 171
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
228 120
Chloe Bennet is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
bigcraig added Chloe Bennet

13
441 277
Jamie Chung is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Sorority Row, Premium Rush, Grown Ups

14
221 117
Linda Park is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
RMCLAUCHLAN added Jurassic Park III, Infestation, Spectres

15
330 182
Constance Wu is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
The Architect, Stephanie Daley, Sound of My Voice

16
135 48
Michelle Yeoh is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
David S. Kimura added Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Sunshine

17
226 142
Joan Chen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Avatar, Heaven & Earth, Wedlock

18
231 133
Shu Qi is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
A Beautiful Life, The Transporter, Love

19
191 104
Katie Leung is listed (or ranked) 19 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

20
291 199
Vanessa Hudgens is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Beastly, Spring Breakers, High School Musical

21
282 161
Brenda Song is listed (or ranked) 21 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

22
206 109
Li Bingbing is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Lucy Tokairin added Resident Evil: Retribution, A World Without Thieves, Purple Butterfly

23
227 114
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
173 107
Fan Bingbing is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Lucy Tokairin added Iron Man 3, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Cell Phone

25
186 116
Rinko Kikuchi is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
47 Ronin, Babel, Pacific Rim