A 1987 film by Creator/WimWenders originally called ''Der Himmel über Berlin'' (lit: 'The Heavens Above Berlin').

The film depicts two angels, Damiel and Cassiel, wandering in UsefulNotes/ColdWar era UsefulNotes/{{Berlin}} and listening to the thoughts of humans. Among those humans are an old man looking for the now-destroyed Potsdamer Platz and recalling the good times he used to have there; Peter Falk AsHimself; and a lonely French trapezist, whom one of the angels falls in love with.

A {{sequel}}, ''Faraway So Close'', was made in 1993. The first film received a ''very'' loose American remake, ''Film/CityOfAngels'', in 1998. Bruno Ganz, who plays Damiel, would explore the other extreme of the good-to-evil spectrum a quarter-century later when he played UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler in ''Film/{{Downfall}}''.

!!This film provides example of:

* ArcWords: The [[http://www.wim-wenders.com/movies/movies_spec/wingsofdesire/wod-song-of-childhood-german.htm "Lied vom Kindsein"]], with its repetitive structure, appears throughout the movie.
-->Als das Kind Kind war...
* AsHimself: Peter Falk plays more or less himself (to the point where children call him "Series/{{Columbo}}"), an American actor filming a movie in Berlin. [[spoiler: He's also actually a former angel himself]].
* BigNo: Cassiel's reaction to the suicide is an anguished "Nein!"
* ByTheEyesOfTheBlind
* ChildrenAreSpecial: Only children can see the angels (although a few adults can sense their presence).
* DefectorFromParadise: An angel falls in love with a human and chooses to become human himself in order to be with her, leaving Heaven.
* DeliberatelyMonochrome : The film is shot that way because the angels [[OurAngelsAreDifferent don't see colours]] [[spoiler:until one of them becomes human]].
* EveryoneLooksSexierIfFrench: A trapezist? Sounds sexy. A French trapezist? Sounds goddess.
* ForeignRemake: Remade as ''Film/CityOfAngels''
* GuardianAngel: Downplayed. The angels provide comfort but can't or won't directly intervene in human affairs (as with the suicide).
* InvisibleToAdults: The angels.
* KnifeThrowingAct: At the children's circus.
* LadyInRed: Marion when eventually meets [[spoiler: Damiel as a human]] wears a lavish red dress.
* MeaningfulName: The old man who describes himself as a storyteller (Curt Bois) is identified in the end credits as "Homer".
* MindReading: The angels can read the thoughts of the humans they encounter.
* OurAngelsAreDifferent: Damiel and Cassiel only sometimes have wings and otherwise look like two ordinary middle age men. Also, their powers are limited and both (especially Damiel) are tired of being angels rather than human.
* PinocchioSyndrome: Both angels at the beginning discuss how they'd like to be human for a change; [[spoiler: one of them has his wish come true.]]
* RealityHasNoSubtitles: In the English release, the dialogue of a young Spanish girl, a Japanese woman and a Pakistani woman are left untranslated.
* SceneryGorn: The zone near the BerlinWall are nothing buy gloomy.
* SceneryPorn: Indeed Berlin is the true protagonist.
* ShoutOut: Ganz says he wants to go home and feed the cat "[[Film/TheLongGoodbye like Phillip Marlowe]]".