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30 Funny Movies Like Crazy Rich Asians Ranked

No doubt about it — "Crazy Rich Asians" captured lightning in a bottle, which is what happens when you place Constance Wu, Michelle Yeoh, Awkwafina, and John Chu together in the same room. And while probably nothing will be able to compete with that movie's crazy rich energy, there are several other bottles up on the shelf that might be to your taste.

While you're waiting with bated breath for Crazy Rich Asians 2, we can assure you there is plenty more where that came from. We've compiled a bunch of funny movies from Asian creators, along with a handful of other comedies that share the same vibe as "Crazy Rich Asians." Maybe you loved the adorable chemistry between Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) and Nick Young (Henry Golding). Maybe you were thrilled by the way the movie tosses Asian stereotypes out the window. Or maybe you simply couldn't get enough of the lavish sets and gorgeous costumes. Whatever you found appealing about the movie, you will likely find it on this list in spades.

30. The Feels

Before Constance Wu made her big break in "Crazy Rich Asians," she was in the queer rom-com "The Feels." Lesbian couple Andi (Constance Wu) and Lu (Angela Trimbur) attend a bachelorette party before their wedding, but Andi is surprised to learn that Lu has never had an orgasm.

The Harvard Crimson insists that the movie "doesn't develop Andi and Lu's individual personalities until they are forced, at the end of the movie, for practical reasons ... [to hash out the problems in their relationship]." The resolution to the movie feels lazily slapped-on, says Variety, but it concedes that credit is due to Ever Mainard's comedic genius. Critics (including The Crimson) agree that the documentary-style interviews with the characters talking about their first orgasms are the highlight of the film, but they insist that this device is not quite enough to save this uneven comedy.

29. Ocean's 8

In this sequel to "Ocean's 11," Sandra Bullock plays Debbie Ocean, the sister of heist-planning mastermind Danny Ocean (George Clooney). Debbie is fresh out of jail and already planning her next job, which involves assembling an all-women team to steal a priceless necklace. According to Variety, the movie does a wonderful job showing that these women are even sneakier than their male counterparts. Debbie and her team know that, all too often, women are treated like they're invisible, which can come in handy when you're a thief. However, Variety adds that the elaborate plan with all its moving parts never quite generates the same rush as the original "Ocean's 11." The Guardian insists the script falls short, "despite [the] best intentions of the cast."

"Ocean's 8" may be a totally different genre from "Crazy Rich Asians," but it's just as much fun. Once again, Awkwafina steals the spotlight every time she appears, says Decider. Also did we mention that the cast get to dress up in extravagant party dresses while they're going undercover?

28. Front Cover

In "Front Cover," Jake Choi plays Ryan, a young man assigned as a stylist to Beijing movie star Ning (James Chen). Ning's flamboyant personality may remind viewers of Alistair (Remy Hii) or other characters from "Crazy Rich Asians," though he also has the added layer of his repressed sexuality. Ryan's tradition-insistent parents mistakenly assume that Ning is Ryan's new boyfriend, and in a clever reversal of expectations, they don't seem to mind that he's bringing home a boy — they're just glad Ryan isn't dating a white man.

The two leads and especially Ryan's parents are portrayed with a fascinating complexity, says The Hollywood Reporter, though most of the other characters are one-dimensional. While the romance between Ryan and Ning may be easy to see coming, Godfrey Chesire of Roger Ebert says that this film's unique intersection of sexual identity and cultural identity makes it stand out.

27. Miss India America

If you're looking for another movie about glamorous (and occasionally ruthless) Asian women, then "Miss India America" is definitely your jam. Lily (Tiya Sircar), a straight-A student who is a bit out of touch with her Indian roots, decides to enter a beauty pageant after her boyfriend (Kunal Sharma) dumps her for the Miss India National champion.

The Knockturnal says that Sircar subtly subverts the stereotype of the mild-mannered and devoted Indian-American girl by making Lily not just a good student but also self-absorbed and a pain in the neck. For this reason, Lily is "an utterly unlikeable girl you can't help adoring," according to Eastern Kicks, which also loved the subversions but felt that Lily never fully acknowledges her flaws by the end of her redemption arc.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the movie gives a sensitive portrayal of Indian culture, "while poking gentle fun at the often-divergent interpretations that these traditions receive in overseas communities."

26. My Big Fat Greek Wedding

This 2002 comedy has a similar premise to "Crazy Rich Asians," except it's less Asian and less rich. In "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," Toula (Nia Vardalos) tries to figure out how to introduce her Greek parents to her decidedly non-Greek boyfriend Ian (John Corbett).

What makes it stand out from other rom-coms, says Roger Ebert, is that the movie is populated with "real" people — not gorgeous models cast as the romantic leads. "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" is not just a satire of Greek culture but also a homage, says ReelViews. Whenever it does poke fun at Toula's relatives (like when Toula's father insists that Windex will cure any ailment), "it is gentle and kind-hearted, not nasty or sarcastic." FanFare really loved the first half of the movie, but said that the movie seems to change genres halfway through, after Toula's parents finally approve of Ian. "Once they get engaged, our protagonists don't have any serious conflicts."

25. Double Happiness

Jade (Sandra Oh) lives a double life. She plays the role of the well-behaved Chinese daughter in her parents' presence, but she secretly hangs out with the white college student Mark (Callum Rennie) and auditions for acting gigs. If you loved the way "Crazy Rich Asians" upends stereotypes about Asians, then "Double Happiness" will definitely deliver in that respect. The New York Times describes Jade as "a delicate Asian flower in a motorcycle jacket," noting that director Mina Shum uses the flick to offer up a "bemused look at that kind of culture clash."

The Austin Chronicle enjoyed the film's weirdest moments, like when Jade gives a convincing Southern accent for a "A Streetcar Named Desire" audition or when Jade's stern father (Stephen Chang) sings karaoke. "The film's pace is downright leisurely — and at times even lethargic," according to The Washington Post, but, nonetheless, Sandra Oh carries the film on her shoulders.

24. Seoul Searching

If you crossed a John Hughs high school comedy with "Crazy Rich Asians," you might end up with something like "Seoul Searching." In this film, a bunch of second-gen Korean-American teenagers attend a summer camp in 1986 Korea, looking to rediscover their heritage and get laid while they're at it.

The Hollywood Reporter praises the film's colorful cast of characters, especially Sergio (Esteban Ahn), who was born in Korea but raised in Mexico and flirts with the "señoritas" in Spanish. The movie does a wonderful job exploring Korean identity and toxic masculinity, says Nick Allen of Roger Ebert, but its portrayal of female characters falls a little short — especially when it brushes off one particular incident as just a "drunken mistake," points out Jae-Ha Kim. Some of the themes and subplots feel underdeveloped, adds Kim, but the film definitely has moments that are charming or even moving, such as when Kris (Rosalina Lee) is reunited with her birth mother in Korea.

23. The Motel

In "The Motel," 13-year-old Ernest (Jeffrey Chyau) spends much of his spare time helping out at his family's motel, but he wants a chance to have fun like a normal teenager.

According to AllMovie, "The Motel" elevates itself above many other comedies by showing empathy to "characters that initially seem like caricatures," such as Ernest's no-nonsense mother (Jade Wu), to "eventually reveal hidden depths." As per The Boston Globe, "[Director Michael] Kang breaks no new narrative ground here," but the movie definitely distinguishes itself thanks to its dark comedy and its willingness to combine "the uproariously comic with the profoundly sad."

This flick gives modern Asian-American audiences the funny coming-of-age movie that Hollywood never really gave them in previous generations, says From the Intercom, which is not unlike what "Crazy Rich Asians" did when it put an all-Asian spin on the rom-com genre.

22. Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle

Harold (John Cho) can't work up the nerve to ask out a girl he likes, while Kumar (Kal Penn) deliberately fails his medical exams because he doesn't want to be a doctor like his father. After these two pals see a commercial for White Castle burgers, they set off on a quest to satisfy their cravings in "Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle"

The New York Times loved the chemistry between the two leads, comparing them to Abbott and Costello. According to AIPT Comics, the movie's scatological humor sometimes falls flat (and the occasional homophobic jokes are distasteful), but the subversion of racial stereotypes is a stroke of comedic genius. Even the trailer makes a jab at the lack of Asian representation in Hollywood — it announces that the movie is starring "that Asian guy from 'American Pie.'"

Like "Crazy Rich Asians," the movie has quite a few, "I can't believe this is actually happening" moments, like when Neil Patrick Harris (as himself) steals the boys' car.

21. Kung Fu Panda 2

When you think of Asian-American cinema, we bet the "Kung Fu Panda" franchise isn't the first thing that comes to mind. Sure, it's set in ancient China, but most of the leads are voiced by white performers. Yet if you also consider the folks behind the camera, "Kung Fu Panda 2" is a landmark film. It's the first animated movie by a major studio with an Asian-American director, the first with a solo female director, and (at the time of release) the highest-grossing movie (animated or otherwise) directed by a woman.

"Kung Fu Panda 2" follows Po (Jack Black) as he journeys to Gongmen City to stop Lord Shen (Gary Oldman) and discover the truth about his birth parents. Just like the first film, this action-comedy knows exactly when to take itself seriously and when to make fun of itself, though most critics agree that it doesn't quite compare to the first one. However, Gary Oldman does a phenomenal job playing the deliciously complex villain.

Fans of "Crazy Rich Asians" will find the voice of the Soothsayer familiar — it's Michelle Yeoh, who also played Eleanor.

20. Always Be My Maybe

In this Netflix movie, wealthy celebrity chef Sasha (Ali Wong), who has just broken up with her even wealthier fiancé, is reunited with her childhood lover Marcus (Randall Park), who still lives with his father.

Variety praises "Always Be My Maybe" for artfully avoiding the common pitfalls of rom-coms — "It never pits women against each other, fighting over the affections of a man, nor does it require either protagonist to sacrifice themselves for the other's happiness." Meanwhile, NPR loves that "Sasha is unapologetic about being ambitious," adding that it's refreshing to see two romantic leads who are Asian-American and much older than most romantic leads. Still, at times the film is guilty of being overly sentimental, which is especially frustrating because the film is actually quite good when it shoots for witty instead of sappy, according to The Guardian.

19. The Wolf of Wall Street

If you enjoyed watching a bunch of crazy rich people partying in a pool at the top of a skyscraper, then you'll love the extravagance of "The Wolf of Wall Street." This Martin Scorsese film, based on a true story, follows Wall Street broker Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) who makes a fortune on fraudulent stockbroking and indulges in a decadent lifestyle (sex, drugs, you name it), before he gets caught and arrested.

For those who are curious about what happens behind-the-scenes when a filthy-rich patron hosts a party, look no further. Scorsese "makes the planning of a repellently decadent party even more absorbing than the event itself," says The New Yorker. Belfort is a complete jerk, a fact the movie tacitly acknowledges, and yet somehow Leonardo DiCaprio's "oily charm" makes us willing to go along with his character, says Entertainment Weekly, even if the movie is longer than it needs to be. "'The Wolf of Wall Street' does not quite have the subtlety and richness of Scorsese's very best work," says The Guardian, but the movie's manic energy is almost enough to compensate.

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18. The Grace Lee Project

We know what you're thinking: what could a documentary possibly have in common with "Crazy Rich Asians"?

The director of "The Grace Lee Project" (named Grace Lee, obviously) was curious about other people who shared her name, so she compiled a bunch of interviews with the Grace Lees of the world. The more Grace Lees she met, the more she noticed a pattern. Everybody who knew a Grace Lee seemed to describe her as quiet, studious, and forgettable. In other words, most people looked at Grace Lee and saw the stereotype of the "perfect" Asian-American girl. But, as it turns out, there is so much more to Grace Lee. Some Graces are activists, while others create voodoo dolls, and one even tried to burn down her school.

Critics were divided on the director's narration that interspersed the interviews. Cinemablend loved Lee's quirky self-deprecation, while AV Club felt it was too self-indulgent. Nevertheless, From the Intercom loved the way the documentary explores identity — how society can shape your identity and how your identity can defy labels. Much like "Crazy Rich Asians," "The Grace Lee Project" finds a hilarious way to show that first impressions (and ethnic stereotypes) are often wrong.

17. Midsommar

Hold on. "Midsommar" is a horror movie, isn't it? It absolutely is (and a skin-crawling one at that), but it's also a culture-clash comedy with a darkly comic vibe. In fact, The Slate assures us it's one of the funniest movies of 2019.

In "Midsommar," Dani (Florence Pugh) agrees to join her boyfriend Christian (Jack Reynor) on a trip to a remote Swedish village in hopes to salvage their crumbling relationship, but they get more than they bargained for when they get swept up in the town's eerie cult rituals. What makes this movie so disturbing is that everything happens in broad daylight, says /Film.

Just like Rachel Chu, Dani starts out as a clueless American tourist, surrounded by folks who give her a warm welcome but are not as friendly as they seem. Of course, nobody tries to sacrifice Rachel in "Crazy Rich Asians," but that's beside the point.

16. Ali's Wedding

In "Ali's Wedding," the titular Ali (Osamah Sami) doesn't want to let down his orthodox Muslim family, so he lies and says he passed his entrance exam to medical school. Yet Ali's lie keeps growing bigger and bigger, especially when he falls in love with a girl named Dianne (Helana Sawires) instead of the girl his parents want him to marry.

The Guardian argues that "Ali's Wedding" relies too much on standard rom-com tropes. In spite of this, Film Inquiry assures us the movie is "comedic gold," striking the perfect balance between celebrating Islamic culture and gently poking fun (such as the joke in which Ali declares he wants to play a terrorist in a movie someday).

Rather than "[making] any commentary on what is right and what is wrong," the movie simply shows us these character's stories without judgment, says FirstPost. In this respect, it's very much like "Crazy Rich Asians," which takes the time to flesh out Eleanor's point-of-view and explore why she feels Rachel isn't the right match for her son. Or if that doesn't sell it to you, you could always just watch "Ali's Wedding" for the hilarious wedding-prep antics.

15. The Hand of God

Paolo Sorrentino's "The Hand of God" is based closely on Sorrentino's childhood. It's a slice-of-life movie that follows aspiring director Fabietto (Filippo Scotti) and his dysfunctional family. Although "The Hand of God" is a serious drama for the most part, there are still plenty of laughs, including a certain prank involving a bear suit. Time describes it as "a lovely film, occasionally oddball in the best way," giving a special shout-out to Fabrietto's parents as a bickering but still loving couple.

Fabietto's family isn't crazy rich like the Young family, but they do own a gorgeous terrace house with a view of the Gulf of Naples. The film also shows some equally scenic locations, including the majestically-domed Galleria Umberto I and the sparkling Crapolla Cove. According to The Decider, "it's impossible to come away from Paolo Sorrentino's love letter to his hometown without itching to book a plane ticket to Naples."

14. Saving Face

In "Saving Face," Chinese-American Wil (Michelle Krusiec) isn't quite ready to publicly show her affection for her girlfriend (Lynn Chen), and this becomes even harder when her conservative mother Hwei-Lan (Joan Chen) moves in with her.

Like many movies on this list, "Saving Face" depicts a clash between traditional Chinese values and the modern sensibilities of an Asian-American couple. But more so than almost any other movie here, "Saving Face" gives both sides their due. Of course we are rooting for Wil, but we can't hate Hwei-Lan either, especially when we learn that she has been kicked out by her family for getting pregnant out of wedlock. So Wil and her mother actually have a lot in common, just as Rachel Chu has something in common with her would-be mother-in-law — Eleanor's parents-in-law didn't approve of her, either.

Reeling Reviews says that Wil's story isn't as interesting as her mother's, and Film Inquiry agrees that Joan Chen's character "absolutely steals the movie." Nevertheless, The Guardian insists that "Saving Face" is a unique queer rom-com and "way ahead of its time."

13. Oh Lucy!

"Oh Lucy!" begins with a man stepping in front of a train. But don't worry, it's actually a funny movie! The film can get quite melancholy at times, says AZCentral, "but there is dark humor in a lot of the absurd situations the characters find themselves in."

In Tokyo, middle-aged Setsuko (Shinobu Terajima) decides to sign up for an English class with John (Josh Hartnett), a tutor whose teaching methods are, well, unusual. (He assigns Setsuko the English name Lucy after picking the name from a hat, and he makes her wear a blond wig during class.) Whenever John quits and moves to Los Angeles, Setsuko goes searching for him and discovers that this teacher is not what he seems. Wearing a blonde wig in Los Angeles, Setsuko sticks out just as much as Rachel Chu did among the crazy rich people of Singapore.

Glenn Kenny of Roger Ebert says the movie can't decide between portraying Setsuko as "sympathetic [or] just plain pathetic." However, The Washington Post loves that the film shows Lucy's flaws, insisting that it makes the film much more honest.

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12. Colma: The Musical

If you're wondering where Colma is, it's a suburb in the outskirts of San Francisco known as the "graveyard capital of America" because for every person who lives in Colma, there are a thousand more buried in its cemeteries. At a glance it doesn't seem like an ideal setting for a musical, but that's what makes this movie so fresh. Three friends — Billy (Jake Moreno), Rodel (H.P. Mendoza), and Maribel (L.A. Renigen) — lament the ennui of their lives and consider leaving Colma for good.

Some of the movie's jokes are dated, says From the Intercom, and you may not always sympathize with these deeply flawed characters, but these are easily forgivable because "the compositions and lyrics are so catchy." Killer Movie Reviews insists that the soundtrack is "Broadway ready and then some." After all, says Slant Magazine, who wouldn't love a song that rhymes "rigor mortis"?

With its Filipino leads and its playful irreverence, "Colma: The Musical" might be a movie worth trying while you're waiting for the "Crazy Rich Asians" sequel.

11. Better Luck Tomorrow

Much like "Crazy Rich Asians," Justin Lin's "Better Luck Tomorrow" shows Asian characters in roles they aren't usually given in Hollywood, and when it first came out, it completely changed the game.

Asian-American teenager Ben (Parry Shen) is bored with his suburban life. To shake things up, Ben and his friends launch an organized crime ring that earns them the nickname the "Chinese Mafia," and nobody suspects what they're up to because they act like model students. Rolling Stone loves the way Lin "flips stereotypes and finds cultural conflicts festering." The movie cleverly starts out like a traditional high school comedy, says Roger Ebert, before it spirals into something much more tragic.

What makes this movie so effective is that these characters are teenagers first and Asian-Americans second. Dennis Schwartz writes, "The cast might be Asians and they expose the viewer to the Asian experience, but it's primarily an American story about real people who can't be apologized away." Lin's movie only serves to remind viewers that, in the words of Roger Ebert, "Asian-American characters have the right to be whoever the hell they want to be."

10. To All the Boys I Loved Before

Lara Jean (Lana Condor) writes love letters to all of her crushes and hides them in the back of her closet. (Her love letters, that is, not the boys — she's not that obsessed!) But whenever someone actually mails those love letters — all five of them — Lara Jean suddenly finds that her innermost feelings are now public.

"To All the Boys I Loved Before" is a rom-com on Netflix written for Gen Z teens, and Empire describes it as "familiar in all the right ways." Empire especially loved Condor's performance as the "headstrong and hopeless" heroine. There are a few scenes that probably should have been cut, according to Nell Minnow from Roger Ebert, but otherwise the movie is a "delightfully adorkable time."

Alongside "Crazy Rich Asians," this Netflix film is credited with reviving the rom-com genre after a long slump, says Smash Cut Reviews.

9. The Half of It

"The Half of It" is another Netflix rom-com about an Asian-American heroine who writes love letters, but this one takes a different angle. Here, Ellie Chu (Leah Lewis) is writing love letters on behalf of her classmate Paul (Daniel Diemer) who has a crush on a girl named Aster (Alexxis Lemire). The problem: Ellie has a crush on Aster, too.

Collider praised the subtle transformation of Ellie's character, as well as the sweet friendship between Eliie and Paul, even if the movie's ending felt a bit "rushed." Vivian Nguyen of Northwest Asian Weekly says the movie (which comes from the same director as "Saving Face") treads down a similar path as Cyrano, except it's "set in a modern-day high-school setting, with a gender swap, and with a sprinkle of Mandarin." Nguyen adds that it's satisfying to see the movie focus on each teen's growth as a character, rather than being simply about "getting the girl." In this respect, it's not unlike "Crazy Rich Asians," which is not just about the romance but also Rachel learning to stand up for herself.

8. Monsoon Wedding

Here's another movie focused on some elaborate wedding preparations (and, more importantly, all the family drama that comes with it). "Monsoon Wedding" follows a bunch of characters at a family wedding in India, including Aditi (Vasundhara Das), the bride who is secretly having an affair with a talk-show host, and Lalit (Naseeruddin Shah), who wants his daughter's wedding to be perfect because it will reflect on his family.

Deep Focus Review observes that Mira Nair's film pays homage to Bollywood traditions with its "flights of fancy," yet it also elevates itself above many other Bollywood films thanks to its maturity and realism, which have likely come from the author's previous experience with documentaries. According to Decent Films, "Monsoon Wedding" beautifully captures all the messiness of being part of a family, candid in its portrayal of the bad without never losing sight of the good. "This is no art film," says The Guardian, "though it is certainly artful."

7. Pride & Prejudice

You know the classic story: in Regency, England, Elizabeth (Keira Knightley) and Darcy (Matthew Macfadyen) get off on the wrong foot at first (hence the "prejudice"), but naturally, they fall in love. The 2005 adaptation of "Pride & Prejudice" does a wonderful job making the classic accessible to 21st-century audiences, while still remaining true to the book, says Silver Petticoat Review, which considers this movie "one of the best period dramas of all time."

Vox points out some interesting parallels between "Pride & Prejudice" and "Crazy Rich Asians." For one, Darcy and Nick are crazy rich (duh), while Elizabeth and Rachel are (relatively) poor, and as a result each heroine feels like they don't stand a chance with their lover. Plus, Vox adds that each movie "lampoons the excesses of the rich while indulging in its own opulence," because who doesn't love a lavish party? Top that off with a pair of similar scenes in which the heroine confronts her would-be mother-in-law, and you have two rom-coms cut from the same elegant cloth.

6. Turning Red

"Turning Red" is an adorably clever movie about adolescence (and, it could be argued, sexual repression). Whenever Meilin (Rosalie Chiang) hits puberty, she discovers it comes with some surprising transformations: alongside all the usual pubescent problems, Mei also turns into a gigantic red panda. This is normal, her mother (Sandra Oh) assures her. The red panda transformation runs in the family, and it can be kept under control. For Mei, this is easier said than done, because the panda is unleashed when she feels any strong emotion.

Thanks to the movie's bold new look and its unconventional subject matter, it's the most daring film that Pixar has made in years. More than any other Pixar movie (except maybe "Inside Out"), "Turning Red" belongs to its female characters. Except for a few brief scenes involving the male characters — like the gentle words of encouragement from Mei's dad (Orion Lee) — the ladies are the ones driving the action, and they drive with a gleeful fervor. If you loved the female-focused storyline of "Crazy Rich Asians," then "Turning Red" will be exactly your cup of tea.

5. The Big Sick

We guarantee that "The Big Sick" is the funniest movie set in a hospital that you will ever see. In this semi-autobiographical movie written by and starring Kumail Nanjiani, Kumail (Nanjiani) knows there is no way he can introduce his girlfriend Emily (Zoe Kazan) to his parents, who are still trying to hook him up with a Pakistani girl. Yet when Emily falls gravely ill, Kumail ends up at her bedside next to Emily's parents (whom he's never met until now). Although Kumail and Emily are the heart of this movie, ReelTalk says it's refreshing to see a rom-com that spends the entire second act focusing on the hero bonding with his lover's parents (the hilarious Holly Hunter and Ray Romano).

"The Big Sick" pokes fun at cultural stereotypes left and right, a la "Crazy Rich Asians." For instance, Kumail plays video games when he's supposed to be praying. But what really shines about this poignant dark comedy (which is Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes) is that it never shies away from uncomfortable subjects.

4. Sita Sings the Blues

Animator Nina Paley had the brilliant idea to combine Indian mythology with jazz music, and the end result was "Sita Sings the Blues," a colorful and irreverent look at an Indian culture. The movie is a playful retelling of the Ramayana, as filtered through the frame story of a woman (voiced by Paley) who has just been dumped and can relate to poor Sita (Reena Shaw). Believe it or not, Sita's singing voice is actually old recordings of 20s-era singer Annette Hanshaw.

Paley makes no attempt to pass off her film as the definitive Ramayana. Instead, she told Sepia Mutiny it was merely "MY Ramayana," a deeply personal interpretation that reflects her own experiences of dealing with a breakup. If the "Crazy Rich Asians" storyline about Astrid (Gemma Chan) keeping her head high after a breakup resonated with you, then you will probably find "Sita Sings the Blues" equally cathartic. Or, if you just want to see a bunch of oxen playing tambourines, this is totally the movie for you.

3. The Wedding Banquet

Before Ang Lee directed "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" and "Life of Pi," he created a nuanced little comedy called "The Wedding Banquet." Wai-Tang (Winston Chao) is afraid to tell his Taiwanese parents about his boyfriend (Mitchell Lichtenstein), so when his parents ask him if he's found a wife yet, Wai-Tang enlists the help of the girl Wei-Wei (May Chin) to stage a fake wedding in hopes to get his parents off his back. Naturally, this scheme quickly gets out of hand.

"The Wedding Banquet" involves a lot of comically awkward situations similar to "Crazy Rich Asians," including an aggressive bachelor party in which Wai-Tung's friends urge him and Wei-Wei to get under the covers.

Variety loved the multi-layered portrayal of Wei-Wei and especially Wai-Tung's dad (Sihung Lung), describing him as "the soul of the movie." It's a hilarious film, but what makes it so effective is that it also has "a warm heart" (via Roger Ebert). "There is enough depth in this picture to fill up several movies," agrees ReelViews.

2. The Farewell

"The Farewell" is a story about a lie, yet it's all true (more or less). In Lulu Wang's directorial debut, Billie (Awkwafina) travels to China to visit her grandmother (Zhao Shu-zen). Billie's Nai Nai is slowly dying of a terminal illness, but she doesn't know it, because the whole family agreed it would be better if they kept her in the dark. The film draws from Wang's personal experiences. Just like Billie, Wang kept her grandmother's diagnosis hidden, and it wasn't until Wang's grandmother read reviews of the final film that she realized the movie was actually about her.

In the hands of a different filmmaker, "The Farewell" would've been a gloomy movie, but it's actually quite sweet and uplifting, and at times it can be downright hilarious. Even the scene in the cemetery is funny. When Nai Nai pays her respects to her late husband by placing offerings of food at his grave, she tells her family not to give her husband any cigarettes, because he quit smoking. Her son replies, "Let the man smoke. He's already dead, what else can happen?"

Just like "Crazy Rich Asians," this film explores what happens when Eastern and Western worldviews clash, and it gives both sides a fair hearing.

1. Parasite

When Ki-woo (Choi Woo-shik) gets a job as a tutor at the home of the wealthy Park family, he realizes this may be his family's ticket out of the slums. Through trickery and backstabbing, Ki-woo gets a job at the Parks' mansion for each of his family members, but their hustle threatens to come tumbling down on their heads.

What can we say about "Parasite" that hasn't already been said? It's wicked funny, it thinks outside the box, and it reminded U.S. audiences how awesome international films could be. The best thing about "Parasite" is that it is simultaneously nuanced and over-the-top. All the characters do things that are downright ridiculous, and yet nobody is made out to be the villain. In fact, the impossible-to-hate Mrs. Park (Cho Yeo-jeong) may even remind viewers of "Crazy Rich" Eleanor. (Michelle Yeoh only agreed to take the part if she could make the villain a sympathetic character.)

Outside of being a spectacular film in its own right, "Parasite" is also a must-see for fans of "Crazy Rich Asians." It offers an all-Asian cast of characters drowning in opulence on some gorgeous sets, along with a healthy helping of delicious satire.