#13: LUCY LIU AS PRINCESS PEI PEI IN SHANGHAI NOON (2000)
Anyone who’s seen Lucy Liu’s samurai swordplay in Kill Bill Vol. 1 knows that she’s no helpless beauty. But three years before she became O-Ren Ishii for Quentin Tarantino, the Chinese-American eye candy played the damsel in distress waiting for Jackie Chan to save her in the action/comedy Shanghai Noon. Chan’s character teams up with a wisecracking train robber (Owen Wilson) in the Wild West, where Liu’s princess is held captive. Even though we prefer her in ass-kicking mode, LL is always hot as hell.