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The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History

List RulesVote 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
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    463
    Jerry Maguire, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle
  • 2
    1,178
    327
    Battlestar Galactica: The Plan, Razor
  • 3
    977
    285
    Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension, Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan
  • 4
    892
    269
    RMCLAUCHLAN addedMulan, Prom Night
  • 5
    634
    244
    David S. Kimura addedCrouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  • 6
    855
    302
    Rush Hour 2, House of Flying Daggers
  • 7
    301
    141
    Pete Bohmbach addedThe Day After Tomorrow, Four Rooms
  • 8
    389
    148
    David S. Kimura addedIron Man 2, Magic Mike
  • 9
    522
    330
    First Kiss, The Little Engine That Could
  • 10
    200
    85
    David S. Kimura addedKill Bill Volume 1, Kill Bill Volume 2
  • 11
    493
    315
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    Chloe Bennet

  • 12
    637
    426
    EuroTrip, Ben Hur
  • 13
    694
    463
    Wayne's World, Back in the Day
  • 14
    697
    462
    Sorority Row, Premium Rush
  • 15
    637
    377

    Constance Wu

    The Architect, Stephanie Daley
  • 16
    723
    523
    Rush Hour 2, Around the World in 80 Days
  • 17
    306
    90
    David S. Kimura addedExam, Submarine
  • 18
    129
    53
    GabriellaRanks addedThe Princess Diaries, Sideways
  • 19
    203
    59
    David S. Kimura addedThe Forbidden Kingdom, The Four
  • 20
    317
    209
    Seven Psychopaths, Centurion
  • 21
    185
    52
    David S. Kimura addedThe Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • 22
    203
    62
    David S. Kimura addedWhat Dreams May Come, Freaky Friday
  • 23
    197
    110
    Lucy Tokairin addedRed Cliff, Red Cliff II
  • 24
    754
    380

    Nichole Bloom

    Project X, Model Minority
  • 25
    607
    348
    Lucy Tokairin addedMemoirs of a Geisha, Miami Vice
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List Rules: Vote up your favorite East Asian actresses based on their English-language work.