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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1,080 308
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
844 198
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
586 180
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
499 157
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
563 181
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
525 327
Tia Carrere is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Wayne's World, Back in the Day, Scooby-Doo!

7
582 289
Nichole Bloom is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Project X, Model Minority

8
432 250
Gong Li is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Lucy Tokairin added Memoirs of a Geisha, Miami Vice, Raise the Red Lantern

9
407 256
Kristin Kreuk is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
EuroTrip, Ben Hur, Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li

10
328 195
Jennifer Tilly is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Bride of Chucky, Bound, Bullets Over Broadway

11
300 175
Linda Park is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
RMCLAUCHLAN added Jurassic Park III, Infestation, Spectres

12
300 209
Moon Bloodgood is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!, Pathfinder, Terminator Salvation

13
289 152
Meg Tilly is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
The Two Jakes, The Big Chill, One Dark Night

14
496 381
Maggie Q is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Rush Hour 2, Around the World in 80 Days, Deception

15
189 91
Michelle Yeoh is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
David S. Kimura added Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Sunshine

16
250 161
Chloe Bennet is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
bigcraig added Chloe Bennet

17
269 187
Shu Qi is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
A Beautiful Life, The Transporter, Love

18
454 376
Jamie Chung is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Sorority Row, Premium Rush, Grown Ups

19
201 151
Rinko Kikuchi is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
47 Ronin, Babel, Pacific Rim

20
344 280
Constance Wu is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
The Architect, Stephanie Daley, Sound of My Voice

21
85 48
Tamlyn Tomita is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Pete Bohmbach added The Day After Tomorrow, Four Rooms, The Karate Kid

22
305 285
Vanessa Hudgens is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Beastly, Spring Breakers, High School Musical

23
202 167
Katie Leung is listed (or ranked) 23 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

24
291 234
Brenda Song is listed (or ranked) 24 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

25
222 171
Li Bingbing is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Lucy Tokairin added Resident Evil: Retribution, A World Without Thieves, Purple Butterfly