''Wings'' is a 1927 film directed by Creator/WilliamAWellman that tells a love story between two pilots, Jack (Charles "Buddy" Rogers) and David (Richard Arlen), and two girls, Mary (Creator/ClaraBow) and Sylvia (Jobyna Ralston). Both Jack and David are in love with Sylvia, and Jack doesn't even notice that Mary is crazy about him, despite the fact that Mary is played by Clara Bow. Their lives are disrupted by UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne. Notable for its realistic air battles, filmed without miniatures or rear projection (the latter hadn't been invented yet).

It's also notable for the fact that it won the very first UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for Best Picture. Note that there were two categories for Best Picture in the first year. The one that's officially counted today is "Best Production," which was won by this film. The other one, "Unique and Artistic Production"--an award that was [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness never given again after that first ceremony]]--was won by ''[[{{Film/Sunrise}} Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans]]''.

For several decades, it was also the ''only'' silent film to have won Best Picture, as the first ceremony coincided with the rise of "talkies."[[note]]The first talkie, ''Film/TheJazzSinger'', was rendered ineligible despite coming out during the same period just so this film could win.[[/note]] The only other one--''Film/TheArtist''--won Best Picture a whopping ''84 years later.''

Not to be confused with the [[Film/{{Wings 1966}} 1966 Russian film]]. Or the [[Series/{{Wings}} 1990s sitcom]]. Or Paul [=McCartney=]'s [[Music/{{Wings}} 1970s band]]. Or the third book in the Literature/NomesTrilogy. Or the [[VideoGame/{{Wings}} video game]] (although, like this movie, the latter has a [=WW1=] theme).

Creator/GaryCooper, then a rising star, has a small part as another American pilot.

!!The film features the following tropes:

* AcePilot: All of them, but Jack is good enough to get a nickname, and he becomes famous in France.
* AdvertisedExtra: Notice Creator/GaryCooper has fourth billing on the poster? Well, his character, Cadet White, only appears for three minutes at most before he dies performing stunts.
* TheAllegedCar: The old jalopy that Jack is trying to fix up in the opening scene.
* AmbiguouslyGay: A blink-and-you'll-miss-it shot of two lesbians caressing at a Paris nightclub.
* BettyAndVeronica: Mary and Sylvia, though the latter doesn't have too cold a heart.
* BloodFromTheMouth: From an American pilot after he's raked by machine gun fire.
* BookEnds: "D'you know what you can do when you see a shooting star? [[SealedWithAKiss You can kiss the girl you love.]]"
* CatchPhraseSpoutingDuo: "All set?" "OK!"
* DefeatMeansFriendship: All it takes is one hardcore boxing match for Jack and David to become best friends.
* EnhancedOnDVD: To emulate the roadshow release, the Blu-Ray and DVD have an option to replace the organ score from a 1980s rerelease with an orchestral score (recorded with the original composer's sheet music) and period sound effects.
* EpicTrackingShot: For 1927, a very impressive tracking shot in which the camera zooms across several tables at a nightclub.
* HindenburgIncendiaryPrinciple: Two blimps get shot down and blown up.
* ImpairmentShot: A very, very drunk Jack can't focus well enough to recognize Mary in a Paris restaurant.
* JumpCut: From a medium shot of Jack to a closeup of Jack's face as he realizes he shot down his buddy.
* JustPlaneWrong: The movie has newer American biplanes standing in for [=SPAD=]s and Fokkers.
* TheLadysFavour: Sylvia's portrait. Mary also gives a photo of herself to Jack, but it doesn't play as big a role.
* LogoJoke: The 2012 version with added sound effects and overture begins with different Creator/{{Paramount}} logos appearing in backwards chronological order.
* LoveDodecahedron: David loves Sylvia. Sylvia loves David. Jack loves Sylvia. Sylvia accidentally encourages Jack. Mary loves Jack. Jack ignores Mary. Jack and David have a very [[HoYay strong friendship]].
* MementoMacGuffin: Both Sylvia's portrait and David's medal.
* MsFanservice: That's Clara Bow, people.
* MurderTheHypotenuse: Averted It's more "shoot the hypotenuse dead in the fog of war by complete accident and suffer HeroicBSOD". Jack shoots down David, who had just stolen a German biplane. When Jack realizes it, he's far from happy.
* MushroomSamba: Champagne is a hell of a drug. Jack hallucinates bubbles.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Count von Kellermann is definitely not Manfred von Richthofen (the Red Baron).
* ObliviousToLove: Jack is completely clueless regarding Mary's love for him.
* PluckyComicRelief: Herman Schwimpf.
* ProductPlacement: Cadet White munches a Hershey's Milk Chocolate with Almonds bar.
* RealityIsUnrealistic: The air battles were mostly filmed on cloudy days to give them a sense of perspective, because otherwise the real planes looked like models.
* {{Remaster}}: The Blu-Ray presentation gives a remarkable example. The original negative no longer exists, but Paramount obtained a duplicate negative. They proceeded to restore clarity and remove defects from each frame, then digitally tint the film in correspondence with archival tinting guides.
* RedBaron: Jack is known as the Shooting Star.
* SexyBacklessOutfit / {{Sideboob}} / ToplessnessFromTheBack: All in the same scene, as Paramount Pictures took maximum advantage of MsFanservice Clara Bow. Mary has to lure a very drunk Jack away from the clutches of another girl at a nightclub. She puts on a little cocktail dress to do it, then gets caught by the [=MPs=] while she's changing out of it.
* SceneryPorn: A lot of this film doesn't age very well, but the aerial combat sequences are still very impressive.
* SplashOfColor: The flames shooting out of machine-gun barrels and erupting from burning planes are hand-colored.
* Toys/TeddyBear: David carries a little one for good luck. [[spoiler: Until he forgets it.]]
* TemptingFate: Cadet White says he never carries a good luck talisman, says that when your time is up it's up, walks out to his plane, and is killed in a mid-air collision.
* TrappedBehindEnemyLines: David, shot down in German territory, steals a German plane in order to get back to the Allied lines. It works, until Jack shoots him down.
* VictoriasSecretCompartment: Where Mary keeps the letter saying that leave is cancelled and all military personnel have to report to their units.
* WarIsGlorious / WarIsHell: Mostly the former, since air combat was one of the only glorifiable parts of World War One, but the trench scenes emphasize the latter.
* WomenDrivers: The stereotype of poor women drivers becomes averted for Mary, who helps Jack repair an automobile at the beginning, and volunteers as an ambulance driver to help the war effort.
* WorthyOpponent:
** David's machine gun jams, leaving him a sitting duck, "but there was chivalry among these knights of the air." Instead of killing him, the German salutes and flies away.
** Then a German pilot drops a note over Jack's airfield that David was shot down and then killed after trying to escape.