The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History

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.

Ranked by
  • Lucy Liu
    Jerry Maguire, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, Kill Bill
  • Grace Park
    Battlestar Galactica: The Plan, Razor, Romeo Must Die
  • Kelly Hu
    Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension, Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan, X2
  • Ming-Na Wen
    Mulan, Prom Night, The Joy Luck Club
  • Michelle Yeoh
    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Sunshine
  • Zhang Ziyi
    Rush Hour 2, House of Flying Daggers, Memoirs of a Geisha
  • Gemma Chan
    Exam, Submarine, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
  • Claudia Kim
    The Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • Rosalind Chao
    What Dreams May Come, Freaky Friday, I Am Sam
  • Liu Yifei
    The Forbidden Kingdom, The Four, The Assassins
  • Kelsey Chow
    The Amazing Spider-Man, Den Brother, Run
  • Olivia Munn
    Iron Man 2, Magic Mike, Date Night
  • Nichole Bloom
    Project X, Model Minority
  • Constance Wu
    The Architect, Stephanie Daley, Sound of My Voice
  • Sandra Oh
    The Princess Diaries, Sideways, Hard Candy
  • Arden Cho
    Mega Python vs. Gatoroid, Walking the Halls, Hood Rats 2
  • Jamie Chung
    Sorority Row, Premium Rush, Grown Ups
  • Brenda Song
    First Kiss, The Little Engine That Could, The Suite Life of Zack & Cody: Sweet Suite Victory
  • Maggie Q
    Rush Hour 2, Around the World in 80 Days, Deception
  • Tamlyn Tomita
    The Day After Tomorrow, Four Rooms, The Karate Kid
  • Ellen Wong
    Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Silent Night
  • Chiaki Kuriyama
    Kill Bill Volume 1, Kill Bill Volume 2, Battle Royale
  • Kristin Kreuk
    EuroTrip, Ben Hur, Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li
  • Chloe Bennet

    Chloe Bennet

  • Li Bingbing
    Resident Evil: Retribution, A World Without Thieves, Purple Butterfly