For selected device concepts that are members of an evolving class of photonic devices enabled by guided-mode resonance (GMR) effects, we review physics of operation, design, fabrication, and characterization. We summarize the application potential of this field and provide new and emerging aspects. Our chosen examples include resonance elements with extremely wide reflection bands. Thus, in a multilevel structure with conformal germanium (Ge) films, reflectance exceeds 99% for spectral widths approaching 1100 nm. A simpler design, incorporating a partially etched single Ge layer on a glass substrate, exhibits a high-reflectance bandwidth close to 900 nm. We present a couple of interesting new device concepts enabled by GMRs coexisting with the Rayleigh anomaly. Our example Rayleigh reflector exhibits a wideband high-efficiency flattop spectrum and extremely rapid angular transitions. Moreover, we show that it is possible to fashion transmission filters by excitation of leaky resonant modes at the Rayleigh anomaly in a subwavelength nanograting. A unique transmission spectrum results, which is tightly delimited in angle and wavelength as experimentally demonstrated. We update our application list with new developments including GMR-based coherent perfect absorbers, multiparametric biosensors, and omnidirectional wideband absorbers.