Moved to Oberhausen while still a juvenile; began attending the city's annual short film festival
Began, but did not complete, application to the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris (to Wenders' dislike, program required a preliminary course in life drawing); studied privately with Johnny Friedlander; frequented the Cinematheque Francaise; applied to IDHEC but was not accepted
First short film as director, "Schauplatze/Locations" (16mm, 10 mins); no longer extant
Worked as critic for journal FILMKRITIK and newspaper DIE SUDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG
First collaboration with director of photography Robby Muller on the student film "Alabama: 2000 Light Years" (35mm, 22 mins)
First collaboration with writer Peter Handke on the independent short "3 American LPs" (16mm, 15 mins); Wenders and Handke appear in the film driving a car
Feature film directing, producing and writing debut, "Summer in the City"; made as graduation project; first collaboration with editor Peter Przygodda; film is "dedicated to the Kinks"
Along with 11 other filmmakers, formed Filmverlag der Autoren/The Filmmaker's Company to insure the distribution of their films
Professional feature directing and co-writing (with Peter Handke) debut, "The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick"; first of nine collaborations (to date) with actor Rudiger Vogler
First of three "road movies" with Vogler, "Alice in the Cities"
Second movie of trilogy, "Wrong Move"
Established his own production company, Road Movies Produktion
Completed trilogy with "Kings of the Road"
Won international attention for "The American Friend", starring Dennis Hopper and Bruno Ganz
Co-directed (with Nicholas Ray) "Lightning Over Water", detailing Ray's fight to finish his life at work while battling cancer
Indirectly documented his difficulities making first US feature "Hammett" in "The State of Things", a self-referrential film that contrasts American and European filmmaking styles
Directed "Paris, Texas", an English-language film with screenplay by Sam Shepard; guitarist Ry Cooder supplied the haunting, plaintive score
First collaboration with editor Solveig Dommartin, the documentary "Tokyo-Ga"
Made "Wings of Desire", starring Ganz as an angel who wanders Berlin, yearning for a physical, human existence
Became chair of the newly founded European Film Academy
Expressed disappointment with the 2 1/2 cut of "Until the End of the World" that was released; alternate version (more than twice as long), though still problematic, revealed what the director had been after
Participated in the "Lumiere and Company" project, shooting a scene with the original hand-cranking camera
Collaborated with Michelangelo Antonioni on "Beyond the Clouds", writing and directing the "frames" between the segments helmed by the Italian master; hired as an insurance policy in case Antonioni's health prevented him from finishing movie; last collaboration (to date) with Robby Muller as director of photography
Helmed "The End of Violence", scripted by Nicholas Klein; first feature since "Wings of Desire" to secure US distribution; director Sam Fuller portrayed Gabriel Byrne's father
"City of Angels", loosely based on "Wings of Desire" was released
Helmed the documentary "Buena Vista Social Club", focusing on Cuba musicians tracked down by Ry Cooder; film was nominated for a Best Feature Documentary Academy Award
Directed "The Million Dollar Hotel", starring Mel Gibson (Bono who collaborated with Wenders and Klein on the screenplay was originally slated to act in film); Bono had performed on the soundtrack for "The End of Violence"; Wenders has directed music videos for the band; released theatrically in the USA in 2001
Had a Cameo in the Disney live action feature "Around the World in 80 Days"
Directed Sam Shepard as a washed up cowboy actor in the neo-Western "Don't Come Knocking"
Directed the "War and Peace" segment of the French film anthology "Chacun son cinéma ou Ce petit coup au coeur quand la lumière s'éteint et que le film commence/To Each His Own Cinema"
Directed and co-wrote the drama "Palermo Shooting"
Wrote and directed the documentary "Pina," a musical tribute to choreographer Pina Bausch.