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The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History

Updated July 13, 2020 37.4k votes 5.1k voters 157.7k views76 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
    1,621
    455

    Lucy Liu

    Jerry Maguire, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle
  • 2
    1,152
    316

    Grace Park

    Battlestar Galactica: The Plan, Razor
  • 3
    946
    275

    Kelly Hu

    Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension, Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan
  • 4
    848
    264

    Ming-Na Wen

    Mulan, Prom Night
  • 5
    834
    294

    Zhang Ziyi

    Rush Hour 2, House of Flying Daggers
  • 6
    574
    238

    Michelle Yeoh

    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  • 7
    347
    129

    Olivia Munn

    Iron Man 2, Magic Mike
  • 8
    281
    130

    Tamlyn Tomita

    The Day After Tomorrow, Four Rooms
  • 9
    693
    462

    Jamie Chung

    Sorority Row, Premium Rush
  • 10
    502
    324

    Brenda Song

    First Kiss, The Little Engine That Could
  • 11
    682
    464

    Tia Carrere

    Wayne's World, Back in the Day
  • 12
    478
    310

    Chloe Bennet

  • 13
    627
    428

    Kristin Kreuk

    EuroTrip, Ben Hur
  • 14
    285
    69

    Gemma Chan

    Exam, Submarine
  • 15
    619
    380

    Constance Wu

    The Architect, Stephanie Daley
  • 16
    311
    197

    Olga Kurylenko

    Seven Psychopaths, Centurion
  • 17
    783
    383

    Nichole Bloom

    Project X, Model Minority
  • 18
    706
    525

    Maggie Q

    Rush Hour 2, Around the World in 80 Days
  • 19
    237
    141

    Chasty Ballesteros

    The Internship, Neighbors
  • 20
    185
    50

    Rosalind Chao

    What Dreams May Come, Freaky Friday
  • 21
    181
    48

    Liu Yifei

    The Forbidden Kingdom, The Four
  • 22
    340
    207

    Hailee Steinfeld

    Romeo and Juliet, Ender's Game
  • 23
    173
    44

    Claudia Kim

    The Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • 24
    369
    190

    Arden Cho

    Mega Python vs. Gatoroid, Walking the Halls
  • 25
    184
    72

    Chiaki Kuriyama

    Kill Bill Volume 1, Kill Bill Volume 2
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List Rules: Vote up your favorite East Asian actresses based on their English-language work.