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The Best Gong Li Movies

Updated September 24, 2019 700 votes 139 voters 15.3k views29 items

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List of the best Gong Li movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Gong Li's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world. The order of these top Gong Li movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Gong Li movies will be at the top of the list. Gong Li has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Gong Li movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Gong Li films to end the squabble once and for all.

If you think the best Gong Li role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Gong Li performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.

List films range from Flirting Scholar to Memoirs of a Geisha.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Gong Li movies?" and "What are the greatest Gong Li roles of all time?"
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    Curse of the Golden Flower is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Gong Li Movies
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    Curse of the Golden Flower

    Gong Li, Chow Yun-Fat

    Released2006

    Directed byZhang Yimou

    Curse of the Golden Flower is a 2006 Chinese epic drama film written and directed by Zhang... more on Wikipedia

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    The Story of Qiu Ju is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Gong Li Movies
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    The Story of Qiu Ju

    Gong Li, Liu Peiqi

    Released1992

    Directed byZhang Yimou

    The Story of Qiu Ju is a 1992 Chinese comedy-drama film. The film was directed by Zhang Yimou... more on Wikipedia
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    Raise the Red Lantern is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Gong Li Movies
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    Raise the Red Lantern

    Gong Li, He Saifei

    Released1991

    Directed byZhang Yimou

    Raise the Red Lantern is a 1991 film directed by Zhang Yimou and starring Gong Li. It is an... more on Wikipedia

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    To Live is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Gong Li Movies
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    To Live

    Gong Li, Ge You

    Released1994

    Directed byZhang Yimou

    To Live, also titled Lifetimes in some English versions, is a Chinese epic film directed by... more on Wikipedia
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    Temptress Moon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Gong Li Movies
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    Temptress Moon

    Gong Li, Leslie Cheung

    Released1996

    Directed byChen Kaige

    Temptress Moon is a 1996 Chinese film directed by Chen Kaige. It was jointly produced by the... more on Wikipedia
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    Eros is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Gong Li Movies
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    Eros

    Robert Downey Jr., Gong Li

    Released2004

    Directed byWong Kar-wai, Steven Soderbergh, Michelangelo Antonioni

    Eros is a 2004 Italian drama film consisting of three short segments directed by Wong Kar-wai,... more on Wikipedia
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    Red Sorghum is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Gong Li Movies
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    Red Sorghum

    Gong Li, Zhang Yimou

    Released1987

    Directed byZhang Yimou

    Red Sorghum is a 1987 Chinese film about a young woman's life working on a distillery for... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Farewell My Concubine is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Gong Li Movies
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    Farewell My Concubine

    Gong Li, Leslie Cheung

    Released1993

    Directed byChen Kaige

    Farewell My Concubine, a 1993 Chinese drama film directed by Chen Kaige, is one of the central... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Miami Vice is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Gong Li Movies
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    Miami Vice

    Colin Farrell, Jamie Foxx

    Released2006

    Directed byMichael Mann

    Miami Vice is a 2006 American film about two Miami police detectives, Crockett and Tubbs, who... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    The Emperor and the Assassin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Gong Li Movies
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    The Emperor and the Assassin

    Gong Li, Chen Kaige

    Released1998

    Directed byChen Kaige

    The Emperor and the Assassin, also known as The First Emperor, is a 1998 - 1999 Chinese... more on Wikipedia

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    Memoirs of a Geisha is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Gong Li Movies
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    Memoirs of a Geisha

    Zhang Ziyi, Michelle Yeoh

    Released2005

    Directed byRob Marshall

    Memoirs of a Geisha is a 2005 American epic film adaptation of the novel of the same name,... more on Wikipedia

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    Breaking the Silence is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Gong Li Movies
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    Breaking the Silence

    Gong Li, Lu Liping

    Released2000

    Directed byZhou Sun

    Breaking the Silence is a 2000 Chinese film directed by Sun Zhou. It was China's submission to... more on Wikipedia
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    2046 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Gong Li Movies
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    2046

    Zhang Ziyi, Gong Li

    Released2004

    Directed byWong Kar-wai

    2046 is a 2004 Hong Kong-Chinese film written and directed by Wong Kar-wai. It is a loose... more on Wikipedia

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    Zhou Yu's Train is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Gong Li Movies
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    Zhou Yu's Train

    Gong Li, Tony Leung Ka-fai

    Released2002

    Directed byZhou Sun

    Zhou Yu's Train is a 2002 Chinese film directed by Sun Zhou, and starring Gong Li and Tony... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    The Empress Dowager is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Gong Li Movies
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    The Empress Dowager

    Gong Li, Liu Xiaoqing

    Released1989

    Directed byLi Han-hsiang

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    A Soul Haunted by Painting is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Gong Li Movies
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    A Soul Haunted by Painting

    Gong Li, Derek Yee

    Released1994

    Directed byShuqin Huang

    A Soul Haunted by Painting is a 1994 Chinese film starring Gong Li and directed by Huang... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Shanghai Triad is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Gong Li Movies
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    Shanghai Triad

    Gong Li, Fu Biao

    Released1995

    Directed byZhang Yimou

    Shanghai Triad is a 1995 Chinese film, directed by Zhang Yimou and starring Gong Li. The film... more on Wikipedia

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    Fight and Love with a Terracot is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Gong Li Movies

    Released1990

    Directed byChing Siu-tung

    Fight and Love with a Terracotta Warrior, also known as A Terra-Cotta Warrior, is a 1990 Hong... more on Wikipedia
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    The Great Conqueror's Concubin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Gong Li Movies
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    The Great Conqueror's Concubine

    Gong Li, Elvis Tsui

    Released1994

    Directed byStephen Shin

    The Great Conqueror's Concubine, alternatively known as King of Western Chu, is a historical... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
  • 20
    Mary from Beijing is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Gong Li Movies
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    Mary from Beijing

    Gong Li, David Chiang

    Released1992

    Directed bySylvia Chang

    Mary from Beijing aka. Awakening is a 1992 Hong Kong film directed by Sylvia Chang.
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    God of Gamblers III: Back to S is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Gong Li Movies

    Released1991

    Directed byWong Jing

    God of Gamblers III: Back to Shanghai is a 1991 Hong Kong comedy film, a sequel to the film... more on Wikipedia
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    Chinese Box is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Gong Li Movies
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    Chinese Box

    Jeremy Irons, Gong Li

    Released1997

    Directed byWayne Wang

    Chinese Box is a 1997 movie directed by Wayne Wang and starring Jeremy Irons, Gong Li, Maggie... more on Wikipedia
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    The Dragon Chronicles – The Ma is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Gong Li Movies
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    The Dragon Chronicles – The Maidens

    Gong Li, Norman Chu

    Released1994

    Directed byAndy Wing-Keung Chin

    The Dragon Chronicles – The Maidens, also known as The Maidens of Heavenly Mountains,... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    The Banquet is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Gong Li Movies
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    The Banquet

    Gong Li, Maggie Cheung

    Released1991

    Directed byAlfred Cheung, Tsui Hark, Clifton Ko, Joe Cheung

    The Banquet, also known as Party of a Wealthy Family, is a 1991 Hong Kong comedy film. It was... more on Wikipedia
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    Shanghai is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Gong Li Movies
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    Shanghai

    John Cusack, Gong Li

    Released2010

    Directed byMikael Håfström

    Shanghai is a 2010 American mystery/thriller neo-noir film directed by Mikael Håfström,... more on Wikipedia
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