comprehensive Asian American film canon

Films written by, directed by, OR simply starring Asian Americans.
(Also will include Asian-Canadian, Asian-British, Asian-Australian, or others of the Asian diaspora (especially to the West).)

List order is ranked subjectively, and I tended to highlight only the top movie or two from an artist rather than allow the entire series to dominate.

If you are looking for films to watch, I encourage you to start by watching the films from the last two years, as the bean counters will note the success of 'current' movies in determining whether to fund new movies starring Asian Americans.
(Sort by release date newest.)

Note there is a second page!

  • The Farewell
  • Better Luck Tomorrow
  • Crazy Rich Asians
  • Lion
  • The Half of It
  • Mulan
  • The Joy Luck Club
  • The Namesake
  • Who Killed Vincent Chin?
  • Asian Americans
  • Always Be My Maybe
  • The Big Sick
  • To All the Boys I've Loved Before
  • Columbus
  • Driveways
  • The Wedding Banquet
  • Ali Wong: Baby Cobra
  • Tigertail
  • Advantageous
  • The Lovebirds
  • Searching
  • Bao
  • Bend It Like Beckham
  • Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle
  • Gook
  • Mississippi Masala
  • Colma: The Musical
  • Spa Night
  • The Problem with Apu
  • Saving Face
  • The Killing Fields
  • Documented
  • Meet the Patels
  • Twinsters
  • Sanjay's Super Team
  • Children of Invention
  • The Invitation
  • The Motel
  • Tyrus: The Tyrus Wong Story
  • In the Family
  • Approved for Adoption
  • Yellow Rose
  • Abacus: Small Enough to Jail
  • Moana
  • High Resolution
  • One Small Step
  • Comfort
  • Seoul Searching
  • The Sun Is Also a Star
  • Allegiance
  • Ms. Purple
  • Linsanity
  • Snow Falling on Cedars
  • My Beautiful Laundrette
  • What's Cooking?
  • The People I've Slept With
  • M. Butterfly
  • Ocean of Pearls
  • The Debut
  • Double Happiness
  • Big Hero 6
  • The Tiger Hunter
  • Romeo Must Die
  • Eat With Me
  • American Desi
  • Somewhere Between
  • Everything Before Us
  • Chan Is Missing
  • Outsourced
  • White Frog
  • Bad Rap
  • Catfish in Black Bean Sauce
  • Uploaded: The Asian American Movement
  • 21 & Over
  • Ping Pong Playa
  • The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift
  • Tie a Yellow Ribbon
  • American Pastime
  • Lilo & Stitch
  • In Between Days
  • Wedding Palace
  • Robot Stories
  • The One
  • The Last Emperor
  • Chutney Popcorn
  • Hollywood Chinese
  • Enter the Dragon
  • Kung Fu Panda 2
  • Flower Drum Song
  • Farewell to Manzanar
  • Mulan
  • Rush Hour
  • The Grace Lee Project
  • West 32nd
  • Miss India America
  • The Slanted Screen
  • Charlotte Sometimes
  • Strawberry Fields
  • Call Her Ganda
  • To Be Takei