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The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History

Updated July 13, 2020 37.7k votes 4.7k voters 139.1k 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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    Grace Park is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
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    Grace Park

    Battlestar Galactica: The Plan, Razor
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    Lucy Liu is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
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    Lucy Liu

    Jerry Maguire, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle
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    Kelly Hu is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
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    Kelly Hu

    Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension, Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan
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    Ming-Na Wen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
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    Ming-Na Wen

    Mulan, Prom Night
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    Zhang Ziyi is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
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    Zhang Ziyi

    Rush Hour 2, House of Flying Daggers
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    Michelle Yeoh is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
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    Michelle Yeoh

    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
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    Olivia Munn is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
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    Olivia Munn

    Iron Man 2, Magic Mike
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    Tamlyn Tomita is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
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    Tamlyn Tomita

    The Day After Tomorrow, Four Rooms
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    Kristin Kreuk is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
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    Kristin Kreuk

    EuroTrip, Ben Hur
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    Tia Carrere is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
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    Tia Carrere

    Wayne's World, Back in the Day
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    Chloe Bennet is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
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    Chloe Bennet

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    Olga Kurylenko is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
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    Olga Kurylenko

    Seven Psychopaths, Centurion
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    Jamie Chung is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
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    Jamie Chung

    Sorority Row, Premium Rush
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    Gemma Chan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
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    Gemma Chan

    Exam, Submarine
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    Nichole Bloom is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
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    Nichole Bloom

    Project X, Model Minority
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    Hailee Steinfeld is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
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    Hailee Steinfeld

    Romeo and Juliet, Ender's Game
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    Claudia Kim is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
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    Claudia Kim

    The Avengers: Age of Ultron
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    Liu Yifei is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
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    Liu Yifei

    The Forbidden Kingdom, The Four
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    Constance Wu is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
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    Constance Wu

    The Architect, Stephanie Daley
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    Brenda Song is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
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    Brenda Song

    First Kiss, The Little Engine That Could
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    Rosalind Chao is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
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    Rosalind Chao

    What Dreams May Come, Freaky Friday
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    Chasty Ballesteros is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
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    Chasty Ballesteros

    The Internship, Neighbors
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    Kelsey Chow is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
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    Kelsey Chow

    The Amazing Spider-Man, Den Brother
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    Maggie Q is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
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    Maggie Q

    Rush Hour 2, Around the World in 80 Days
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    Chiaki Kuriyama is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
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    Chiaki Kuriyama

    Kill Bill Volume 1, Kill Bill Volume 2
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