Asian American Film 101

by Michael Kang | created - 17 Jan 2012 | updated - 18 Jan 2012 | Public

A very subjective list of 101 Asian American films that hold some kind of meaning to me. I define "Asian American" here loosely. These are films either made by, about, with or concerning Asian Americans.

There are a lot of very good Asian American films missing from the list but I tried to keep the list to the films that made some kind of impact on me (sometimes not a positive one at that).

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1. The House Without a Key (1926)

Passed | 210 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

4.5
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A Pathe serial in ten chapters of two-reels each: Dan Winterslip, a wealthy man in Honolulu, has not spoken to his brother, who owns a hotel next to Winterslip's estate, in over twenty ... See full summary »

Director: Spencer Gordon Bennet | Stars: Allene Ray, Walter Miller, E.H. Calvert, Betty Caldwell

Votes: 15

I don't think I've ever seen a Charlie Chan film all the way through but I thought it was important to include one. This was the first Charlie Chan mystery movie.

2. The Good Earth (1937)

Passed | 138 min | Drama, Romance

7.8
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The story of a farmer in China: a story of humility and bravery. His father gives Wang Lung a freed slave as wife. By diligence and frugality the two manage to enlarge their property. But ... See full summary »

Directors: Sidney Franklin, Victor Fleming, Gustav Machatý, Sam Wood | Stars: Paul Muni, Luise Rainer, Walter Connolly, Tilly Losch

Votes: 3,824

Ground zero for Asian American film.

3. Flower Drum Song (1961)

Approved | 133 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

7.0
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A young woman arrives in San Francisco's Chinatown from Hong Kong with the intention of marrying a rakish nightclub owner, unaware he is involved with one of his singers.

Director: Henry Koster | Stars: Nancy Kwan, James Shigeta, Benson Fong, Jack Soo

Votes: 2,034 | Gross: $10.90M

Know your history.

4. Enter the Dragon (1973)

R | 102 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.7
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A martial artist agrees to spy on a reclusive crime lord using his invitation to a tournament there as cover.

Director: Robert Clouse | Stars: Bruce Lee, John Saxon, Jim Kelly, Ahna Capri

Votes: 83,076 | Gross: $25.00M

Read "The Fist That Shook The World" to understand how ahead of his time Bruce truly was.

5. The Way of the Dragon (1972)

R | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

7.3
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A man visits his relatives at their restaurant in Italy and has to help them defend against brutal gangsters harassing them.

Director: Bruce Lee | Stars: Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris, Nora Miao, Ping Ou Wei

Votes: 25,846

This one even moreso than Enter is brilliant in its iconography.

6. The Kentucky Fried Movie (1977)

R | 83 min | Comedy

6.5
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A series of short, highly irreverent, and often tasteless skits.

Director: John Landis | Stars: Evan C. Kim, Bong Soo Han, Bill Bixby, George Lazenby

Votes: 14,746

Find the translation to Dr. Klahn's welcome speech.

7. Up in Smoke (1978)

R | 86 min | Comedy, Music

7.0
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57 Metascore

Two stoners unknowingly smuggle a van - made entirely of marijuana - from Mexico to L.A., with incompetent Sgt. Stedenko on their trail.

Directors: Lou Adler, Tommy Chong | Stars: Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong, Strother Martin, Edie Adams

Votes: 31,129 | Gross: $44.36M

Breaking all stereotypes about Asians way before there was a Harold & Kumar.

8. Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)

G | 132 min | Adventure, Mystery, Sci-Fi

6.4
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48 Metascore

When an alien spacecraft of enormous power is spotted approaching Earth, Admiral Kirk resumes command of the Starship Enterprise in order to intercept, examine and hopefully stop the intruder.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan

Votes: 69,274 | Gross: $82.26M

Oh my! George Takei on the big screen!

9. Shogun (1980 TV Movie)

125 min | Adventure, Drama, History

7.9
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An English navigator becomes both pawn and player in the deadly political games in feudal Japan.

Director: Jerry London | Stars: Richard Chamberlain, Toshirô Mifune, Yôko Shimada, Furankî Sakai

Votes: 3,707

This was a huge deal when it came out. I remember sitting around the TV with my family to watch the whole series because there were no other Asian people on TV and it was so refreshing.

10. Chan Is Missing (1982)

Not Rated | 80 min | Drama, Mystery

7.1
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85 Metascore

Two cabbies search San Francisco's Chinatown for a mysterious character who has disappeared with their $4000. Their quest leads them on a humorous, if mundane, journey which illuminates the... See full summary »

Director: Wayne Wang | Stars: Wood Moy, Marc Hayashi, Laureen Chew, Peter Wang

Votes: 880

This is the original game changer.

11. They Call Me Bruce? (1982)

PG | 87 min | Comedy, Action

5.5
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A goofy Korean finds his life hopelessly complicated with people continually confusing him with Bruce Lee.

Director: Elliott Hong | Stars: Johnny Yune, Margaux Hemingway, Raf Mauro, Pam Huntington

Votes: 1,157 | Gross: $16.89M

This movie changed my life.

12. Sixteen Candles (1984)

PG | 93 min | Comedy, Romance

7.1
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61 Metascore

A girl's "sweet" sixteenth birthday becomes anything but special, as she suffers from every embarrassment possible.

Director: John Hughes | Stars: Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, Justin Henry, Michael Schoeffling

Votes: 83,671 | Gross: $23.69M

The character that would haunt a whole generation of Asian American men. Wasshapp'nin hot stuff?

13. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)

PG | 118 min | Action, Adventure

7.6
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57 Metascore

After arriving in India, Indiana Jones is asked by a desperate village to find a mystical stone. He agrees, and stumbles upon a secret cult plotting a terrible plan in the catacombs of an ancient palace.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Harrison Ford, Kate Capshaw, Jonathan Ke Quan, Amrish Puri

Votes: 367,032 | Gross: $179.87M

I love Short Round.

14. The Karate Kid (1984)

PG | 126 min | Action, Drama, Family

7.2
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59 Metascore

A martial arts master agrees to teach karate to a bullied teenager.

Director: John G. Avildsen | Stars: Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, Elisabeth Shue, Martin Kove

Votes: 142,964 | Gross: $90.82M

Wax on!

15. Revenge of the Nerds (1984)

R | 90 min | Comedy

6.6
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44 Metascore

At Adams College, a group of bullied outcasts and misfits resolve to fight back for their peace and self-respect.

Director: Jeff Kanew | Stars: Robert Carradine, Anthony Edwards, Timothy Busfield, Andrew Cassese

Votes: 42,766 | Gross: $40.90M

Hair Pie

16. The Last Dragon (1985)

PG-13 | 109 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

6.9
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In New York City, a young man searches for the "master" to obtain the final level of martial arts mastery known as the glow. Along the way, he must fight a martial arts expert corrupted ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Schultz | Stars: Taimak, Vanity, Christopher Murney, Julius Carry

Votes: 10,341 | Gross: $25.75M

I don't think there were actually any Asians in this movie, but it was the ultimate in black fetishization of Asian culture.

17. The Goonies (1985)

PG | 114 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

7.8
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60 Metascore

In order to save their home from foreclosure, a group of misfits set out to find a pirate's ancient valuable treasure.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Jeff Cohen, Corey Feldman

Votes: 197,030 | Gross: $61.50M

Data was the mold for the over-achieving science nerd Asian kid.

18. Year of the Dragon (1985)

R | 134 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.9
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A police detective cracks down on organized crime in Chinatown after the murders of Triad and Mafia leaders.

Director: Michael Cimino | Stars: Mickey Rourke, John Lone, Ariane, Leonard Termo

Votes: 11,572 | Gross: $18.70M

I recall this as one of the few films I knew of that had Asian Americans in it. All I remember about it is the scene that is depicted on the cover.

19. Gung Ho (1986)

PG-13 | 111 min | Comedy, Drama

6.2
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48 Metascore

When a Japanese car company buys an American plant, the American liaison must mediate the clash of work attitudes between the foreign management and native labor.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Michael Keaton, Gedde Watanabe, George Wendt, Mimi Rogers

Votes: 10,081 | Gross: $36.61M

I never actually saw this movie, but it felt like it still had a big impact on me in that I actively had to resist for fear of the Watanabe.

20. Big Trouble in Little China (1986)

PG-13 | 99 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

7.3
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53 Metascore

An All-American trucker gets dragged into a centuries-old mystical battle in Chinatown.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall, Dennis Dun, James Hong

Votes: 103,079 | Gross: $11.10M

Great homage to the Shaw Brothers with a great subversion of the white knight mythology.

21. Who Killed Vincent Chin? (1987)

87 min | Crime, Documentary

7.7
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This film recounts the murder of Vincent Chin, an automotive engineer mistaken as Japanese who was slain by an assembly line worker who blamed him for the competition by the Japanese auto ... See full summary »

Directors: Christine Choy, Renee Tajima-Pena

Votes: 164

Powerful documentary by Christine Choy and Rene Tajima.

22. Full Metal Jacket (1987)

R | 116 min | Drama, War

8.3
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76 Metascore

A pragmatic U.S. Marine observes the dehumanizing effects the Vietnam War has on his fellow recruits from their brutal boot camp training to the bloody street fighting in Hue.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Matthew Modine, R. Lee Ermey, Vincent D'Onofrio, Adam Baldwin

Votes: 545,536 | Gross: $46.36M

After the effects of Long Duk Dong wore off on my psyche, this film had to come around and screw with me with one little sound bite.

23. The Last Emperor (1987)

PG-13 | 163 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.8
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76 Metascore

The story of the final Emperor of China.

Director: Bernardo Bertolucci | Stars: John Lone, Joan Chen, Peter O'Toole, Ruocheng Ying

Votes: 77,354 | Gross: $43.98M

A sweeping epic period piece with an all Asian cast speaking English!

24. Do the Right Thing (1989)

R | 120 min | Comedy, Drama

7.9
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91 Metascore

On the hottest day of the year on a street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, everyone's hate and bigotry smolders and builds until it explodes into violence.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Richard Edson

Votes: 66,578 | Gross: $27.55M

Spike Lee's best movie and yet still a problematic portrait of Koreans.

25. Black Rain (1989)

R | 125 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

6.6
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56 Metascore

Two NYC cops arrest a Yakuza member and must escort him when he's extradited to Japan.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Michael Douglas, Andy Garcia, Ken Takakura, Kate Capshaw

Votes: 42,452 | Gross: $46.21M

I remember liking this movie. I am not sure if it was actually any good.

26. Life Is Cheap... But Toilet Paper Is Expensive (1989)

Unrated | 83 min | Comedy

5.8
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A man is hired by a group of people he believes to be gangsters to escort a briefcase from America to Hong Kong. When he arrives, however, his contact is nowhere to be found. With no ... See full summary »

Directors: Wayne Wang, Spencer Nakasako | Stars: Wan Kin Cheng, John Chan, Kwan-Min Cheng, Allen Fong

Votes: 97 | Gross: $0.11M

This is my personal favorite of Wayne Wang's movies. It was one of the reasons NC-17 became part of the ratings code.

27. New Jack City (1991)

R | 97 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.6
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61 Metascore

A crime lord ascends to power and becomes megalomaniacal while a maverick police detective vows to stop him.

Director: Mario Van Peebles | Stars: Wesley Snipes, Ice-T, Allen Payne, Chris Rock

Votes: 26,133 | Gross: $47.62M

I remember feeling empowered that they included Russell Wong as one of the cops. Then the token Asian science/computer cop became its own stereotype.

28. Mississippi Masala (1991)

R | 118 min | Drama, Romance

6.6
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An Indian family is expelled from Uganda when Idi Amin takes power. They move to Mississippi and time passes. The Indian daughter falls in love with a black man, and the respective families... See full summary »

Director: Mira Nair | Stars: Denzel Washington, Sarita Choudhury, Roshan Seth, Sharmila Tagore

Votes: 4,143 | Gross: $7.31M

Mira Nair's feature with a young Denzel Washington.

29. Mr. Baseball (1992)

PG-13 | 108 min | Comedy, Romance, Sport

5.9
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Jack Elliot, once a great baseball player, is forced to play in Japan where his brash, egotistical ways cause friction with his new teammates and friends.

Director: Fred Schepisi | Stars: Tom Selleck, Ken Takakura, Aya Takanashi, Dennis Haysbert

Votes: 8,677 | Gross: $20.88M

This movie happened right around when Sony bought Columbia Pictures and there was all this chatter about how that would affect the story. I don't think I saw it, so I don't know if the story was affected by the studio overlords.

30. The Lover (1992)

R | 115 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

6.9
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In 1929 French Indochina, a French teenage girl embarks on a reckless and forbidden romance with a wealthy, older Chinese man, each knowing that knowledge of their affair will bring drastic consequences to each other.

Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud | Stars: Jane March, Tony Ka Fai Leung, Frédérique Meininger, Arnaud Giovaninetti

Votes: 16,274 | Gross: $4.90M

The first film where an Asian male was the romantic interest that I was aware of. Problematic in the fact that he is the romantic interest to an underage girl, but groundbreaking nonetheless.

31. Combination Platter (1993)

84 min | Drama

6.3
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Director: Tony Chan | Stars: Jeffrey Lau, Coleen O'Brien, Chit-Man Chan, Colin Mitchell

Votes: 147

One of the few Asian American films on the landscape when I first got out of school.

32. Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story (1993)

PG-13 | 120 min | Action, Biography, Drama

7.0
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A fictionalized account of the life of the martial arts superstar.

Director: Rob Cohen | Stars: Jason Scott Lee, Lauren Holly, Robert Wagner, Michael Learned

Votes: 23,682 | Gross: $35.11M

An important film but I prefer the source material.

33. Menace II Society (1993)

R | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.5
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76 Metascore

A young street hustler attempts to escape the rigors and temptations of the ghetto in a quest for a better life.

Directors: Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes | Stars: Tyrin Turner, Larenz Tate, June Kyoto Lu, Toshi Toda

Votes: 43,235 | Gross: $27.90M

Great film with a very hard to swallow scene of seeing an Asian woman killed point blank.

34. The Wedding Banquet (1993)

R | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.7
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To satisfy his nagging parents, a gay landlord and a female tenant agree to a marriage of convenience, but his parents arrive to visit and things get out of hand.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Winston Chao, May Chin, Ah-Lei Gua, Sihung Lung

Votes: 11,720 | Gross: $6.93M

An Ang Lee classic.

35. The Ballad of Little Jo (1993)

R | 121 min | Drama, Romance, Western

6.8
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After being thrown out of her home, a young woman decides to disguise herself as a man to survive the ruthless Wild West.

Director: Maggie Greenwald | Stars: Suzy Amis, Bo Hopkins, Ian McKellen, David Chung

Votes: 1,224 | Gross: $0.54M

Sorely underrated western with an Asian male love interest.

36. The Joy Luck Club (1993)

R | 139 min | Drama

7.6
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84 Metascore

The life histories of four Asian women and their daughters reflect and guide each other.

Director: Wayne Wang | Stars: Tamlyn Tomita, Rosalind Chao, Kieu Chinh, Tsai Chin

Votes: 13,160 | Gross: $32.86M

Every Asian American woman I know remembers Russell eating watermelon.

37. Swimming with Sharks (1994)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Crime

7.1
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A young, naive Hollywood studio assistant finally turns the tables on his incredibly abusive producer boss.

Director: George Huang | Stars: Kevin Spacey, Frank Whaley, Michelle Forbes, Benicio Del Toro

Votes: 20,148 | Gross: $0.38M

Brilliant film by Chinese American director George Huang.

38. Mod Fuck Explosion (1994)

67 min | Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi

3.3
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West Side Story meets Rumble in the Bronx meets A Clockwork Orange. Bizarre tale of London, a lonely teen yearning for affection and a leather jacket who lives in a dysfunctional family ... See full summary »

Director: Jon Moritsugu | Stars: Amy Davis, Desi del Valle, Bonnie Steiger, Jacques Boyreau

Votes: 352

Jon Moritsugu's feature film.

39. Fargo (1996)

R | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.1
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85 Metascore

Jerry Lundegaard's inept crime falls apart due to his and his henchmen's bungling and the persistent police work of the quite pregnant Marge Gunderson.

Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | Stars: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare

Votes: 507,471 | Gross: $24.61M

Controversial portrayal of serial-killing high school friend weirdo Mike Yanagita by In Living Color alum Steve Park.

40. Too Much Sleep (1997)

PG-13 | 88 min | Comedy, Mystery

6.4
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67 Metascore

While riding the bus one day, night watchman Jack Crawford gets distracted by a beautiful girl and has his gun stolen. To get it back, he enlists the help of local wise guy, Eddie, and their search reveals the bizarre characters lurking in the strange underworld of a sleepy New Jersey suburb.

Director: David Maquiling | Stars: Marc Palmieri, Pasquale Gaeta, Nicol Zanzarella, Philip Galinsky

Votes: 112 | Gross: $0.04M

David Maquiling's feature film that got buried as collateral damage in a distribution nightmare.

41. Strawberry Fields (1997)

90 min

6.5
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Director: Rea Tajiri | Stars: Suzy Nakamura, James Sie, Reiko Mathieu, Heather Yoshimura

Votes: 61 | Gross: $0.00M

Unassuming beautiful feature by my friend Rea Tajiri.

42. Face/Off (1997)

R | 138 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

7.3
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82 Metascore

In order to foil an extortion plot, an FBI agent undergoes a facial transplant surgery and assumes the identity and physical appearance of a terrorist, but the plan turns from bad to worse when the same terrorist impersonates the FBI agent.

Director: John Woo | Stars: John Travolta, Nicolas Cage, Joan Allen, Alessandro Nivola

Votes: 304,617 | Gross: $112.23M

Not John Woo's first US production, but the one that tried most to emulate his HK movies and translate the ideas of brotherhood across the lines of the law.

43. One Night Stand (1997)

R | 102 min | Drama, Romance

5.8
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Los Angeles advertisement director Max visits his friend, artist Charlie, who was diagnosed with A.I.D.S. in New York City. There he meets Karen, they are attracted to each other and after ... See full summary »

Director: Mike Figgis | Stars: Wesley Snipes, Nastassja Kinski, Kyle MacLachlan, Ming-Na Wen

Votes: 5,929 | Gross: $2.62M

Ming Na and a pre-Vampire pre-tax problems Wesley Snipes.

44. Sunsets (1997)

98 min

6.8
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Directors: Michael Aki, Eric Nakamura | Stars: Michael Aki, Joshua Brand, Nicholas Konstant

Votes: 8

I never actually got to see this, but I was a huge Giant Robot fan.

45. The Replacement Killers (1998)

R | 87 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

6.1
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42 Metascore

A troubled hitman seeks aid from a forger to help him get papers to China. However, the drug lord has hired replacements to finish the job, and kill the hitman.

Director: Antoine Fuqua | Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Mira Sorvino, Michael Rooker, Kenneth Tsang

Votes: 24,441 | Gross: $18.97M

Chow Yun Fat's first attempt at a US production.

46. Too Tired to Die (1998)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

5.5
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Keith is a Japanese twenty-something who is followed by Death in various disguises. When he finally faces her, Death tells him that he has only 12 hours to live and he needs to make the ... See full summary »

Director: Wonsuk Chin | Stars: Takeshi Kaneshiro, Mira Sorvino, Jeffrey Wright, Michael Imperioli

Votes: 455

An amazing cast in a very quirky film by my friend Wonsuk Chin.

47. Hundred Percent (1998)

103 min | Comedy

7.0
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Three Asian men live in L.A. Isaac is a romantic coffee shop worker, who waits for the woman of his dreams, and loses his balance after meeting a femme fatale called Thaise. Slim is a ... See full summary »

Director: Eric Koyanagi | Stars: Darion Basco, Dustin Nguyen, Garrett Wang, Tamlyn Tomita

Votes: 47

My man, Eric Koyanagi's first film. Features a hot cast of then and future stars within Asian American Hollywood.

48. Shopping for Fangs (1997)

R | 90 min | Drama

6.6
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A married woman, who's been getting seductive phone calls from a lesbian, and a man, who believes he might be a werewolf, are about to find out who they deep down really are.

Directors: Quentin Lee, Justin Lin | Stars: Radmar Agana Jao, Jeanne Chinn, Clint Jung, Peggy Ahn

Votes: 144

From the first wave of new Asian American cinema.

49. Yellow (I) (1998)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.0
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Eight friends in Los Angeles spend their last evening together as they face graduation from high school and the onset of their adult lives. One of them gets in unexpected trouble when he ... See full summary »

Director: Chris Chan Lee | Stars: Michael Chung, Burt Bulos, John Cho, Jason Tobin

Votes: 196

The first Korean American feature film (by and about Korean Americans).

50. Mulan (1998)

G | 88 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

7.6
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71 Metascore

To save her father from death in the army, a young maiden secretly goes in his place and becomes one of China's greatest heroines in the process.

Directors: Tony Bancroft, Barry Cook | Stars: Ming-Na Wen, Eddie Murphy, BD Wong, Miguel Ferrer

Votes: 196,592 | Gross: $120.62M

Disney's first Asian lead character. Not quite a princess, but a step forward.

51. Three Seasons (1999)

PG-13 | 104 min | Drama

7.3
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An American in Ho Chi Minh City looks for a daughter he fathered during the war. He meets Woody, a child who's a street vendor, and when Woody's case of wares disappears, he thinks the ... See full summary »

Director: Tony Bui | Stars: Ngoc Hiep Nguyen, Ngoc Minh, Phat Trieu Hoang, Diem Kieu

Votes: 2,849 | Gross: $2.02M

Sundance favorite. Tony Bui's first feature.

52. Life Tastes Good (1999)

Not Rated | 88 min | Crime, Drama

5.5
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Two San Francisco detectives discover a corpse in an abandoned car. From the dead man's wallet and a tape recorder, they determine the man was a money launderer. The story is then told in ... See full summary »

Director: Philip Kan Gotanda | Stars: Sab Shimono, Julia Nickson, Tamlyn Tomita, Greg Watanabe

Votes: 130

Philip Kan Gotanda's first feature.

53. Disoriented (1999)

PG-13 | 90 min | Comedy, Drama

8.3
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Disoriented is a unique and touching comedy about an immigrant family lost inside the American Dream. Twenty-something West Cordova is trapped in a waking nightmare. His overbearing mother ... See full summary »

Director: Francisco Aliwalas | Stars: Francisco Aliwalas, Wayland Quintero, Potri Ranka Manis, Jojo Gonzalez

Votes: 11

My buddy Francisco Aliwalas's first feature film.

54. Girlfight (2000)

R | 110 min | Drama, Sport

6.8
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70 Metascore

Diana, without her father knowing it, trains as a boxer and achieves impressive success, blazing new trails for female boxers.

Director: Karyn Kusama | Stars: Michelle Rodriguez, Santiago Douglas, Jaime Tirelli, Paul Calderon

Votes: 8,566 | Gross: $1.52M

The film that put Michelle Rodriguez on the map.

55. The Debut (2000)

R | 88 min | Comedy, Drama

6.6
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60 Metascore

The story revolves around Ben Mercado, a talented high school senior who has rejected his Filipino heritage. The long-simmering feud between Ben and his immigrant father Roland threatens to... See full summary »

Director: Gene Cajayon | Stars: Dante Basco, Eddie Garcia, Jayson Schaal, Brian Card

Votes: 589 | Gross: $1.74M

Gene Cajayon's first feature which proved successful in making a self-distribution model.

56. Shanghai Noon (2000)

PG-13 | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

6.6
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77 Metascore

A Chinese man who travels to the Wild West to rescue a kidnapped princess. After teaming up with a train robber, the unlikely duo takes on a Chinese traitor and his corrupt boss.

Director: Tom Dey | Stars: Jackie Chan, Owen Wilson, Lucy Liu, Brandon Merrill

Votes: 104,565 | Gross: $56.94M

Except for the fact that Jackie doesn't get to kiss Lucy Liu at the end of this movie, I prefer this series to the demeaning Rush Hour movies. This one was smart and funny.

57. Autumn in New York (2000)

PG-13 | 103 min | Drama, Romance

5.5
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24 Metascore

Romantic drama about an aging playboy who falls for a sweet, but terminally ill, young woman.

Director: Joan Chen | Stars: Richard Gere, Winona Ryder, Anthony LaPaglia, Elaine Stritch

Votes: 21,739 | Gross: $37.75M

Joan Chen's first US directorial effort.

58. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

PG-13 | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

7.9
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93 Metascore

A young Chinese warrior steals a sword from a famed swordsman and then escapes into a world of romantic adventure with a mysterious man in the frontier of the nation.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Michelle Yeoh, Ziyi Zhang, Chen Chang

Votes: 229,503 | Gross: $128.08M

Ang Lee's triumphant return to Asian themes after a string of great non-Asian movies.

59. Charlie's Angels (2000)

PG-13 | 98 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

5.5
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52 Metascore

Three women, detectives with a mysterious boss, retrieve stolen voice-ID software, using martial arts, tech skills, and sex appeal.

Director: McG | Stars: Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu, Bill Murray

Votes: 154,101 | Gross: $125.31M

Lucy Liu an equal partner in kicking ass.

60. Face (2002)

R | 89 min | Drama

6.6
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50 Metascore

Genie, a Chinese-American teenager, develops feelings for a charming African-American DJ, but her grandmother forbids their romance forcing Genie to choose between family and love.

Director: Bertha Bay-Sa Pan | Stars: Bai Ling, Kieu Chinh, Kristy Wu, Anthony 'Treach' Criss

Votes: 249 | Gross: $0.11M

Bertha Pan's first feature film.

61. Better Luck Tomorrow (2002)

R | 101 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

7.2
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67 Metascore

A group of over-achieving Asian-American high school seniors enjoy a power trip when they dip into extra-curricular criminal activities.

Director: Justin Lin | Stars: Parry Shen, Jason Tobin, Sung Kang, Shirley Anderson

Votes: 8,247 | Gross: $3.80M

The game changer... or so we hoped.

62. Charlotte Sometimes (2002)

R | 85 min | Drama, Romance

6.0
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72 Metascore

Michael, a young mechanic, is forced to choose between a daring tryst with an alluring stranger and the habitual comfort of his bittersweet obsession: his beautiful young tenant.

Director: Eric Byler | Stars: Jacqueline Kim, Eugenia Yuan, Michael Aki, Matt Westmore

Votes: 1,010 | Gross: $0.08M

Eric Byler's first feature done for $20K and a dream.

63. Die Another Day (2002)

PG-13 | 133 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

6.1
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56 Metascore

James Bond is sent to investigate the connection between a North Korean terrorist and a diamond mogul, who is funding the development of an international space weapon.

Director: Lee Tamahori | Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Halle Berry, Rosamund Pike, Toby Stephens

Votes: 180,823 | Gross: $160.94M

Michelle Yeo's crossover film.

64. Bend It Like Beckham (2002)

PG-13 | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.7
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66 Metascore

The daughter of orthodox Sikh rebels against her parents' traditionalism and joins a football team.

Director: Gurinder Chadha | Stars: Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightley, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Anupam Kher

Votes: 95,071 | Gross: $32.54M

The indie film hit.

65. Robot Stories (2003)

Not Rated | 85 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

5.8
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66 Metascore

Winner of over 23 awards, "Robot Stories" is science fiction from the heart, four stories in which utterly human characters struggle to connect in a world of robot babies and android office... See full summary »

Director: Greg Pak | Stars: Tamlyn Tomita, James Saito, Vin Knight, Gina Quintos

Votes: 1,342 | Gross: $0.13M

My man, Greg Pak's first feature. A collection of four short sci-fi stories done on a micro-budget. Also a successful run at self-distribution.

66. Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)

R | 111 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

8.1
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69 Metascore

The Bride wakens from a four-year coma. The child she carried in her womb is gone. Now she must wreak vengeance on the team of assassins who betrayed her - a team she was once part of.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Uma Thurman, David Carradine, Daryl Hannah, Michael Madsen

Votes: 818,132 | Gross: $70.10M

Tarrantino's homage to Japanese film.

67. Torque (2004)

PG-13 | 84 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

4.0
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41 Metascore

Biker Cary Ford is framed by an old rival and biker gang leader for the murder of another gang member who happens to be the brother of Trey (Ice Cube), leader of the most feared biker gang ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Kahn | Stars: Martin Henderson, Ice Cube, Monet Mazur, John Ashker

Votes: 24,808 | Gross: $21.22M

An unfortunate first time out for maverick music video director Joseph Kahn.

68. Sideways (2004)

R | 126 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.5
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94 Metascore

Two men reaching middle age with not much to show but disappointment embark on a week-long road trip through California's wine country, just as one is about to take a trip down the aisle.

Director: Alexander Payne | Stars: Paul Giamatti, Thomas Haden Church, Virginia Madsen, Sandra Oh

Votes: 159,835 | Gross: $71.50M

Sandra Oh's motorcycle wielding ass-kicking performance (literally).

69. Saving Face (2004)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.5
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65 Metascore

A Chinese-American lesbian and her traditionalist mother are reluctant to go public with secret loves that clash against cultural expectations.

Director: Alice Wu | Stars: Joan Chen, Michelle Krusiec, Lynn Chen, Jin Wang

Votes: 8,377 | Gross: $1.19M

Alice Wu's awesome romantic comedy.

70. Mysterious Skin (2004)

Unrated | 105 min | Drama, Mystery

7.7
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73 Metascore

A teenage hustler and a young man obsessed with alien abductions cross paths, together discovering a horrible, liberating truth.

Director: Gregg Araki | Stars: Brady Corbet, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Elisabeth Shue, Chase Ellison

Votes: 60,092 | Gross: $0.70M

The first serious film I saw by Gregg Araki. Beautiful melding of his out there aesthetic and sentimental storytelling.

71. The Motel (2005)

Not Rated | 75 min | Comedy, Drama

6.8
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70 Metascore

Thirteen-year-old Ernest Chin lives and works at a sleazy hourly-rate motel on a strip of desolate suburban bi-way. Misunderstood by his family and blindly careening into puberty, Ernest ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Kang | Stars: Jeffrey Chyau, Sung Kang, Jade Wu, Samantha Futerman

Votes: 1,253 | Gross: $0.05M

I have to include my own films here of course.

72. The Grace Lee Project (2005)

68 min | Documentary

7.6
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63 Metascore

Is your name Grace Lee? Do you think you are the only Grace Lee? Did you know there quite a few of you? Oh yes, it is true. There are many of you and they are all over. They are mostly ... See full summary »

Director: Grace Lee | Stars: Grace Lee, Aldo Velasco

Votes: 110 | Gross: $0.01M

The documentary that put Grace Lee (all of them) on the map.

73. Red Doors (2005)

R | 90 min | Drama

6.6
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60 Metascore

The Wongs struggle to cope with life, love, and family dysfunction in the suburbs of New York.

Director: Georgia Lee | Stars: Tzi Ma, Jacqueline Kim, Elaine Kao, Freda Foh Shen

Votes: 950

Georgia Lee's first feature film.

74. Conventioneers (2005)

95 min | Comedy, Romance

5.9
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60 Metascore

At the 2004 Republican Nation Convention, love blooms between a Republican delegate and a Democrat protesting the event.

Director: Mora Stephens | Stars: Basil, Adrian Blue, Jennifer Brown, Alison Cimmet

Votes: 180

Mora Stephens' first narrative feature shot totally guerilla and combining doc elements seamlessly.

75. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)

PG-13 | 157 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

7.7
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81 Metascore

A young wizard finds himself competing in a hazardous tournament between rival schools of magic, but he is distracted by recurring nightmares.

Director: Mike Newell | Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Eric Sykes

Votes: 435,488 | Gross: $290.01M

Introduction of the love interest Cho Chang played by Katie Leung.

76. Punching at the Sun (2006)

Drama

7.8
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In the aftermath of 9/11 and his brother's murder, a South Asian teen living in Queens struggles to keep his anger in check.

Director: Tanuj Chopra | Stars: Misu Khan, Nina Edmonds, Hassan El-Gendi, Ferdusy Dia

Votes: 46

My man Tanuj Copra's first feature.

77. Journey from the Fall (2006)

R | 135 min | Drama

7.4
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70 Metascore

Thirteen years after the end of the Vietnam War, a family who was tragically affected by the war are forced to emigrate to America.

Director: Ham Tran | Stars: Kieu Chinh, Long Nguyen, Diem Lien, Jayvee Mai The Hiep

Votes: 791 | Gross: $0.64M

A huge hit in the Vietnamese American community. Shines a light on the biggest problem with the Asian American community in its inability to come together and support a great film regardless of the specific cultural setting.

78. The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)

PG-13 | 104 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

6.0
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45 Metascore

A teenager becomes a major competitor in the world of drift racing after moving in with his father in Tokyo to avoid a jail sentence in America.

Director: Justin Lin | Stars: Lucas Black, Zachery Ty Bryan, Shad Moss, Damien Marzette

Votes: 201,280 | Gross: $62.51M

Justin Lin's launch into full-fledged bankable blockbuster film director. Single-handedly reviving a tired franchise.

79. The Departed (2006)

R | 151 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.5
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85 Metascore

An undercover cop and a mole in the police attempt to identify each other while infiltrating an Irish gang in South Boston.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg

Votes: 974,686 | Gross: $132.38M

Scorcese's remake of the incredible Andy Lau film.

80. American Zombie (2007)

Not Rated | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

5.1
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Pic documents the daily lives of a small community of the living deceased who make their home in Los Angeles.

Director: Grace Lee | Stars: Austin Basis, Jane Edith Wilson, Al Vicente, Suzy Nakamura

Votes: 1,077

Grace Lee's first turn at narrative film. Very well done. This along with Gina Kim's Never Forever and my film West 32nd were the three films in that time period that were being scrutinized for their Korean / US co-production models. None made the impact that I think any of us hoped for.

81. Cú và chim se se (2007)

PG | 97 min | Drama

7.5
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In modern-day Saigon, three lonely strangers form a unique family as a ten-year old orphan plays matchmaker to a zookeeper and a beautiful flight attendant.

Director: Stephane Gauger | Stars: Cat Ly, The Lu Le, Han Thi Pham, Trong Hai

Votes: 826 | Gross: $0.05M

Great little film made as part of this new wave of Vietnamese American films.

82. Tie a Yellow Ribbon (2007)

Drama

7.7
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Estranged from her family due to a childhood indiscretion with her white brother, a young Korean adoptee woman seeks to regain a sense of home by exploring ties with the Asian Americans she... See full summary »

Director: Joy Dietrich | Stars: Kim Jiang, Jane Kim, Patrick Heusinger, Ian Wen

Votes: 37

My friend Joy Dietrich's first feature.

83. West 32nd (2007)

86 min | Crime, Drama

6.2
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A lawyer gets mixed up with Korean gangsters in New York City.

Director: Michael Kang | Stars: John Cho, Jun Kim, Jun-ho Jeong, Grace Park

Votes: 455

I have to include my own films here of course.

84. The Air I Breathe (2007)

R | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.9
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37 Metascore

A drama based on an ancient Chinese proverb that breaks life down into four emotional cornerstones: happiness, pleasure, sorrow and love. A businessman bets his life on a horse race; a gangster sees the future; a pop star falls prey to a crime boss; a doctor must save the love of his life.

Director: Jieho Lee | Stars: Brendan Fraser, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Andy Garcia, Kevin Bacon

Votes: 32,245 | Gross: $0.03M

Star-studded cast film by director Jieho Lee which was unfortunately not given a chance by critics or audiences.

85. Dòng máu anh hùng (2007)

R | 103 min | Action, Drama, Romance

7.1
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In French ruled Vietnam in 1922, the French and Vietnamese officers plot to sniff out arch-rebel De Canh. But, Officer Cuong is disabused. He and De Canh's daughter, rebel Vo Thanh Thuy, ... See full summary »

Director: Charlie Nguyen | Stars: Johnny Nguyen, Veronica Ngo, Dustin Nguyen, Thang Nguyen

Votes: 1,850

Charlie Nguyen's game changer, creating a new model for Vietnamese American filmmakers to do Vietnamese / US co-productions.

86. Knocked Up (2007)

R | 129 min | Comedy, Romance

7.0
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85 Metascore

For fun-loving party animal Ben Stone, the last thing he ever expected was for his one-night stand to show up on his doorstep eight weeks later to tell him she's pregnant with his child.

Director: Judd Apatow | Stars: Seth Rogen, Katherine Heigl, Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann

Votes: 315,789 | Gross: $148.73M

The first film that put Ken Jeong on the map. As well as the scene stealer performance of Charlyne Yi.

87. Step Up 2: The Streets (2008)

PG-13 | 98 min | Drama, Music, Romance

6.2
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50 Metascore

Romantic sparks occur between two dance students from different backgrounds at the Maryland School of the Arts.

Director: Jon M. Chu | Stars: Robert Hoffman, Briana Evigan, Cassie Ventura, Adam Sevani

Votes: 72,323 | Gross: $58.02M

Jon M Chu did to dance movies what Justin Lin did to car movies.

88. Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay (2008)

R | 104 min | Adventure, Comedy

6.6
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57 Metascore

After being mistaken for terrorists and thrown into Guantánamo Bay, stoners Harold and Kumar escape and return to the U.S., where they proceed to flee across the country with federal agents in hot pursuit.

Directors: Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg | Stars: John Cho, Kal Penn, Neil Patrick Harris, Rob Corddry

Votes: 119,839 | Gross: $38.09M

This movie was more subversive and nuanced in its attack on race identity politics than the first. And it was funnier.

89. Ping Pong Playa (2007)

PG-13 | 96 min | Comedy, Sport

6.0
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55 Metascore

A kid dreams of playing professional basketball in order to escape his dead-end job, living in the suburbs, his bossy older brother and running his Mom's ping pong classes.

Director: Jessica Yu | Stars: Jimmy Tsai, Andrew Vo, Khary Payton, Jim Lau

Votes: 2,772 | Gross: $0.08M

Jessica Yu's first outing as feature film director after a successful career in TV and documentaries. A personal sidenote, this was the film we saw the night before my daughter was born.

90. Gran Torino (2008)

R | 116 min | Drama

8.2
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72 Metascore

Disgruntled Korean War veteran Walt Kowalski sets out to reform his neighbor, a Hmong teenager who tried to steal Kowalski's prized possession: a 1972 Gran Torino.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Bee Vang, Christopher Carley, Ahney Her

Votes: 617,001 | Gross: $148.10M

Easily one of the best Asian American film not made by an Asian American. Clint Eastwood subverts the tired trope of the white man savior on its head in a masterful way.

91. Sin Nombre (2009)

R | 96 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

7.6
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77 Metascore

A Honduran young girl and a Mexican gangster are united in a journey across the American border.

Director: Cary Fukunaga | Stars: Paulina Gaitan, Marco Antonio Aguirre, Leonardo Alonso, Karla Cecilia Alvarado

Votes: 27,825 | Gross: $2.53M

Sundance favorite.

92. Up (2009)

PG | 96 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

8.3
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88 Metascore

Seventy-eight year old Carl Fredricksen travels to Paradise Falls in his home equipped with balloons, inadvertently taking a young stowaway.

Directors: Pete Docter, Bob Peterson | Stars: Edward Asner, Jordan Nagai, John Ratzenberger, Christopher Plummer

Votes: 754,205 | Gross: $293.00M

A great Asian American lead character of Russell voiced by Asian American Jordan Nagai.

93. The Hangover (2009)

R | 100 min | Comedy

7.7
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73 Metascore

Three buddies wake up from a bachelor party in Las Vegas, with no memory of the previous night and the bachelor missing. They make their way around the city in order to find their friend before his wedding.

Director: Todd Phillips | Stars: Zach Galifianakis, Bradley Cooper, Justin Bartha, Ed Helms

Votes: 628,348 | Gross: $277.32M

Ken Jeong's literal balls out performance.

94. G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009)

PG-13 | 118 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

5.8
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32 Metascore

An elite military unit comprised of special operatives known as G.I. Joe, operating out of The Pit, takes on an evil organization led by a notorious arms dealer.

Director: Stephen Sommers | Stars: Dennis Quaid, Channing Tatum, Marlon Wayans, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

Votes: 183,742 | Gross: $152.27M

Lee Byun Hun's crossover film.

95. Ninja Assassin (2009)

R | 99 min | Action, Crime, Fantasy

6.4
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34 Metascore

A young ninja turns his back on the orphanage that raised him, leading to a confrontation with a fellow ninja from the clan.

Director: James McTeigue | Stars: Rain, Rick Yune, Naomie Harris, Joon Lee

Votes: 61,436 | Gross: $38.11M

Rain (비)'s crossover film.

96. The Last Airbender (2010)

PG | 103 min | Action, Adventure, Family

4.2
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20 Metascore

Follows the adventures of Aang, a young successor to a long line of Avatars, who must master all four elements and stop the Fire Nation from enslaving the Water Tribes and the Earth Kingdom.

Director: M. Night Shyamalan | Stars: Noah Ringer, Nicola Peltz, Jackson Rathbone, Dev Patel

Votes: 128,521 | Gross: $131.56M

M. Night's complete turn away from his community.

97. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)

PG-13 | 112 min | Action, Comedy, Romance

7.5
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69 Metascore

Scott Pilgrim must defeat his new girlfriend's seven evil exes in order to win her heart.

Director: Edgar Wright | Stars: Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kieran Culkin, Alison Pill

Votes: 305,951 | Gross: $31.49M

Graphic novel by hapa Brian Kim O'Malley. Also a major Asian Canadian character Knives Chau played by Ellen Wong.

98. Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)

PG | 90 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

7.3
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67 Metascore

Po and his friends fight to stop a peacock villain from conquering China with a deadly new weapon, but first the Dragon Warrior must come to terms with his past.

Director: Jennifer Yuh Nelson | Stars: Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan, Dustin Hoffman

Votes: 205,820 | Gross: $165.25M

Korean American director at the helm.

99. Fireflies in the Garden (2008)

R | 120 min | Drama

6.5
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34 Metascore

The Taylor family is devastated by an accident that takes place on the day their matriarch is due to graduate from college -- decades after leaving to raise her children.

Director: Dennis Lee | Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Willem Dafoe, Emily Watson, Carrie-Anne Moss

Votes: 11,369 | Gross: $3.39M

Star-studded cast and executive produced by Julia Roberts film by Dennis Lee which unfortunately had been shelved long past its expriration date.

100. 4 Wedding Planners (2011)

TV-PG | 77 min | Comedy

3.7
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After Lily rejects her boyfriend's marriage proposal, she returns home to Hawaii where she must help out with her mother's weddingplanning business.

Director: Michael Kang | Stars: Henry Dittman, Illeana Douglas, Sung Kang, Janel Parrish

Votes: 226

I have to include my own films here of course.