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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853 263
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
596 170
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
486 153
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
411 124
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
420 122
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
427 202
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
360 140
Nichole Bloom is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Project X, Model Minority

8
395 239
Jamie Chung is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Sorority Row, Premium Rush, Grown Ups

9
351 210
Tia Carrere is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Wayne's World, Back in the Day, Scooby-Doo!

10
274 135
Constance Wu is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
The Architect, Stephanie Daley, Sound of My Voice

11
252 125
Brenda Song is listed (or ranked) 11 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

12
278 144
Gong Li is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Lucy Tokairin added Memoirs of a Geisha, Miami Vice, Raise the Red Lantern

13
178 73
Li Bingbing is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Lucy Tokairin added Resident Evil: Retribution, A World Without Thieves, Purple Butterfly

14
252 161
Vanessa Hudgens is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Beastly, Spring Breakers, High School Musical

15
282 172
Kristin Kreuk is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
EuroTrip, Ben Hur, Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li

16
156 73
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
161 77
Katie Leung is listed (or ranked) 17 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

18
198 109
Joan Chen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Avatar, Heaven & Earth, Wedlock

19
202 100
Shu Qi is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
A Beautiful Life, The Transporter, Love

20
182 121
Moon Bloodgood is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!, Pathfinder, Terminator Salvation

21
204 90
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
184 106
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
165 94
Rinko Kikuchi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
47 Ronin, Babel, Pacific Rim

24
144 96
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
218 153
Bai Ling is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Wild Wild West, The Confidant

26
74 14
Michelle Yeoh is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
David S. Kimura added Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Sunshine

27
109 74
Chasty Ballesteros is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
The Internship, Neighbors, Cavemen

28
89 46
Chi-ling Lin is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Lucy Tokairin added Red Cliff, Red Cliff II, The Treasure Hunter

29
164 97
Chloe Bennet is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
bigcraig added Chloe Bennet

30
136 102
Olga Kurylenko is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Seven Psychopaths, Centurion, Oblivion

31
136 104
Hailee Steinfeld is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Romeo and Juliet, Ender's Game, True Grit

32
70 47
Yūko Takeuchi is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Lucy Tokairin added Ring, Team Batista no Eikō, Be with You

33
62 41
Yunjin Kim is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
bigcraig added Shiri, Ardor, Harmony

34
186 166
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
83 63
Lindsay Price is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Club Dread, Angus, Lonely Street

36
101 63
Elodie Yung is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Great Challenge, G.I. Joe: Retaliation

37
88 70
Katie Chang is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
The Bling Ring, A Birder's Guide to Everything

38
164 124
Meg Tilly is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
The Two Jakes, The Big Chill, One Dark Night

39
49 21
Chloe Bennet is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Chloe Bennet

40
77 64
Malese Jow is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Bratz: The Movie, The Social Network, Aliens in the Attic

41
48 19
Tamlyn Tomita is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Pete Bohmbach added The Day After Tomorrow, Four Rooms, The Karate Kid

42
86 76
Tao Okamoto is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
The Wolverine, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

43
95 68
Bae Doona is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Cloud Atlas, As One, Doomsday Book

44
79 72
Dichen Lachman is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
bigcraig added Aquamarine, Safety in Numbers, Aztec Rex

45
46 52
Sheila Tejada is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
LalaTejay added Dangerous Attraction -

Ray Donovan, Driving While Black

46
77 84
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
47 43
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
73 57
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
61 67
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
82 96
Shannyn Sossamon is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
One Missed Call, Wristcutters: A Love Story, The Rules of Attraction