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The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History

Updated September 20, 2021 37.3k votes 5.2k voters 161.9k views77 items

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
    1,626
    450

    Lucy Liu

    Jerry Maguire, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle
  • 2
    1,156
    313

    Grace Park

    Battlestar Galactica: The Plan, Razor
  • 3
    945
    271

    Kelly Hu

    Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension, Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan
  • 4
    852
    261
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    Ming-Na Wen

    Mulan, Prom Night
  • 5
    839
    290

    Zhang Ziyi

    Rush Hour 2, House of Flying Daggers
  • 6
    598
    233
    David S. Kimura added

    Michelle Yeoh

    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  • 7
    286
    129
    Pete Bohmbach added

    Tamlyn Tomita

    The Day After Tomorrow, Four Rooms
  • 8
    358
    126
    David S. Kimura added

    Olivia Munn

    Iron Man 2, Magic Mike
  • 9
    477
    302
    bigcraig added

    Chloe Bennet

  • 10
    188
    75
    David S. Kimura added

    Chiaki Kuriyama

    Kill Bill Volume 1, Kill Bill Volume 2
  • 11
    497
    319

    Brenda Song

    First Kiss, The Little Engine That Could
  • 12
    687
    455

    Jamie Chung

    Sorority Row, Premium Rush
  • 13
    626
    418

    Kristin Kreuk

    EuroTrip, Ben Hur
  • 14
    681
    458

    Tia Carrere

    Wayne's World, Back in the Day
  • 15
    288
    74
    David S. Kimura added

    Gemma Chan

    Exam, Submarine
  • 16
    620
    373

    Constance Wu

    The Architect, Stephanie Daley
  • 17
    315
    199

    Olga Kurylenko

    Seven Psychopaths, Centurion
  • 18
    190
    47
    David S. Kimura added

    Liu Yifei

    The Forbidden Kingdom, The Four
  • 19
    698
    518

    Maggie Q

    Rush Hour 2, Around the World in 80 Days
  • 20
    192
    52
    David S. Kimura added

    Rosalind Chao

    What Dreams May Come, Freaky Friday
  • 21
    237
    141

    Chasty Ballesteros

    The Internship, Neighbors
  • 22
    763
    380

    Nichole Bloom

    Project X, Model Minority
  • 23
    175
    48
    David S. Kimura added

    Claudia Kim

    The Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • 24
    197
    109
    Lucy Tokairin added

    Chi-ling Lin

    Red Cliff, Red Cliff II
  • 25
    339
    206

    Hailee Steinfeld

    Romeo and Juliet, Ender's Game
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List Rules: Vote up your favorite East Asian actresses based on their English-language work.