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 Broadway. Lucy 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.
- Jerry Maguire, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, Kill Bill
- Battlestar Galactica: The Plan, Razor, Romeo Must Die
- Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension, Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan, X2
- Mulan, Prom Night, The Joy Luck Club
- Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Sunshine
- Rush Hour 2, House of Flying Daggers, Memoirs of a Geisha
- Exam, Submarine, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
- The Avengers: Age of Ultron
- What Dreams May Come, Freaky Friday, I Am Sam
- The Forbidden Kingdom, The Four, The Assassins
- 11The Amazing Spider-Man, Den Brother, Run
- Iron Man 2, Magic Mike, Date Night
- 13Project X, Model Minority
- 14The Architect, Stephanie Daley, Sound of My Voice
- The Princess Diaries, Sideways, Hard Candy
- 16Mega Python vs. Gatoroid, Walking the Halls, Hood Rats 2
- Sorority Row, Premium Rush, Grown Ups
- First Kiss, The Little Engine That Could, The Suite Life of Zack & Cody: Sweet Suite Victory
- Rush Hour 2, Around the World in 80 Days, Deception
- The Day After Tomorrow, Four Rooms, The Karate Kid
- Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Silent Night
- Kill Bill Volume 1, Kill Bill Volume 2, Battle Royale
- EuroTrip, Ben Hur, Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li
- Resident Evil: Retribution, A World Without Thieves, Purple Butterfly