Photo of Wim Wenders Wim Wenders

Born Aug. 14, 1945, in Düsseldorf, Germany, Wim Wenders grew up a fan of American B movies. After working briefly as a film critic, Wenders began to make his own movies, and in 1970 he formed a production company with friends.

Wenders' first film to make a splash outside of Germany was 1973's A Scarlet Letter, which featured a stunning turn by Senta Berger as Hester Prynne. For his English-language film debut, The American Friend (1977), he adapted a Patricia Highsmith novel and cast Dennis Hopper as charming sociopath Tom Ripley.

Over the years, Wenders has continued to make movies in America and abroad, including 1984's Paris, Texas (based on the writings of Sam Shepard), 1987's Wings of Desire (featuring Henri Alekan's exquisite cinematography) and 1997's The End of Violence. In 2000, Wenders received an Oscar nomination for his lyrical documentary Buena Vista Social Club.

Wim Wenders in The Salt of the Earth

The Salt of the Earth

2014 PG-13

As this artfully crafted documentary proves, legendary Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado has created a spectacular body of work during his long career, capturing both the planet's stunning beauty and humankind's heartbreaking atrocities.

  • Wim Wenders in Pina Pina
  • Wim Wenders in The American Friend The American Friend
  • Wim Wenders in Wings of Desire Wings of Desire
  • Wim Wenders in Paris, Texas Paris, Texas
  • Wim Wenders in Buena Vista Social Club Buena Vista Social Club
  • Wim Wenders in Faraway, So Close! Faraway, So Close!
  • Wim Wenders in Every Thing Will Be Fine Every Thing Will Be Fine
  • Wim Wenders in The Million Dollar Hotel The Million Dollar Hotel
  • Wim Wenders in Wrong Move Wrong Move
  • Wim Wenders in Notebook on Cities & Clothes Notebook on Cities & Clothes
  • Wim Wenders in The Scarlet Letter The Scarlet Letter
  • Wim Wenders in Tokyo-Ga Tokyo-Ga
  • Wim Wenders in Don't Come Knocking Don't Come Knocking
  • Wim Wenders in Edgar G. Ulmer: The Man Off-Screen Edgar G. Ulmer: The Man Off-Screen
  • Wim Wenders in Nick's Film  Lightning Over Water Nick's Film Lightning Over Water
  • Wim Wenders in Room 666 Room 666
  • Wim Wenders in Hammett Hammett
  • Wim Wenders in Red Hot + Blue: Porter Red Hot + Blue: Porter
  • Wim Wenders in Lisbon Story Lisbon Story
  • Wim Wenders in A Trick of Light A Trick of Light
  • Wim Wenders in The Blues: A Musical Journey The Blues: A Musical Journey
  • Wim Wenders in Land of Plenty Land of Plenty