Oscar-worthy Movie: In the Mood for Love (2000)

She's recognized everywhere overseas, yet her name rings few bells in the U.S. of A.  In 2004, the New York Times published an essay asking, "Why Isn't Maggie Cheung a Hollywood Star?" Good fucking question.

Because of the oversight of American filmmakers and moviegoers, t looks like she won't have a shot at Oscar gold anytime soon. With over 70 films to her name, Cheung, who became the first Asian actress to win a prize at the Cannes Film Festival, has reportedly turned her back on film and is now focusing on philanthropy.

If you'd like an introduction to her work, look no further than the sexy drama In the Mood For Love, in which she plays a woman who forms an undefinable bond with the man whose wife is having an affair with her husband. Think about it.