Entertainment The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History  

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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.

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1,127 315
Lucy Liu is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Jerry Maguire, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, Kill Bill
2
866 209
Grace Park is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Battlestar Galactica: The Plan, Razor, Romeo Must Die
3
610 192
Kelly Hu is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension, Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan, X2
4
513 166
Ming-Na Wen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
RMCLAUCHLAN added Mulan, Prom Night, The Joy Luck Club
5
575 191
Zhang Ziyi is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Rush Hour 2, House of Flying Daggers, Memoirs of a Geisha
6
534 336
Tia Carrere is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Wayne's World, Back in the Day, Scooby-Doo!
7
606 298
Nichole Bloom is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Project X, Model Minority
8
507 395
Maggie Q is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Rush Hour 2, Around the World in 80 Days, Deception
9
307 226
Moon Bloodgood is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!, Pathfinder, Terminator Salvation
10
333 209
Jennifer Tilly is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Bride of Chucky, Bound, Bullets Over Broadway
11
302 186
Linda Park is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
RMCLAUCHLAN added Jurassic Park III, Infestation, Spectres
12
418 278
Kristin Kreuk is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
EuroTrip, Ben Hur, Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li
13
441 271
Gong Li is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Lucy Tokairin added Memoirs of a Geisha, Miami Vice, Raise the Red Lantern
14
291 162
Meg Tilly is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
The Two Jakes, The Big Chill, One Dark Night
15
201 98
Michelle Yeoh is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
David S. Kimura added Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Sunshine
16
263 166
Chloe Bennet is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
bigcraig added Chloe Bennet
17
273 195
Shu Qi is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
A Beautiful Life, The Transporter, Love
18
466 380
Jamie Chung is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Sorority Row, Premium Rush, Grown Ups
19
65 25
Olivia Munn is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
David S. Kimura added Iron Man 2, Magic Mike, Date Night
20
181 128
Hailee Steinfeld is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Romeo and Juliet, Ender's Game, True Grit
21
313 290
Vanessa Hudgens is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Beastly, Spring Breakers, High School Musical
22
206 153
Rinko Kikuchi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
47 Ronin, Babel, Pacific Rim
23
355 287
Constance Wu is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
The Architect, Stephanie Daley, Sound of My Voice
24
286 244
Bai Ling is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Wild Wild West, The Confidant
25
174 139
Olga Kurylenko is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History
Seven Psychopaths, Centurion, Oblivion