America Over There! A 10-Film Introduction to World War I

9. Wings (1927)

Post-war Americans weren’t much for reflecting on the gore and mud of trench warfare that claimed over 10 million lives. Film audiences preferred the technological thrill of aviation warfare paired with a suitable melodramatic romance. The best was this classic silent film featuring two pilots, one girl, and a war to be won in the air.  The wildly popular movie established the formula followed by similar films like The Dawn Patrol (1930), Hell’s Angels (1930) and a remake of The Dawn Patrol (1938). Wings was also notable for launching the career of Hollywood newcomer Gary Cooper.