Five Great Documentaries to Stream on Netflix Tonight

I'm a documentary junkie. Lucky for me, Netflix always has a great selection of new and old documentaries worth watching. Here's five you may have missed that you can stream right now. Eames: The Architect and The Painter: Every few years, the design community goes bonkers for something in the Eames design archives. If you've ever wondered who designed the iconic rocking chair, this documentary about the husband-wife team is worth checking out.

Being Elmo: Have you ever wondered who was behind that charming puppet? This movie chronicles the life of the puppeteer that brings the red fur ball to life. Kevin Clash is more than a puppeteer. He's an actor and a friend and a teacher. If you're a fan of Jim Henson — check this one out.

Bill Cunningham New York: Meet the original street fashion photographer. If you have any interest in fashion, you've undoubtedly seen his work. The New York Times fashion photographer has been contributing to the Times Style section for years in his columns "On the Street" and "Evening Hours," but did you know he's also an Octogenarian and bicycle enthusiast?

Once Brothers: On first glance, this may seem like another sports movie, but it's not. This documentary chronicles the friendship of NBA stars Drazen Petrovic and Vlade Divac, who met while playing on the Yugoslavian National team. This powerful story about forgiveness and war chronicles the relationship between the late Petrovic and Divac after the fall of the Soviet Union on Christmas Day 1991.

Vanishing of the Bees: Are you afraid of bees? Next time you see one do a cheer, because it turns out you should be more afraid of bees disappearing from our world. Due to a disease called "Colony Collapse Disorder," our honey bee population is dying off. If we don't save the bees, our food system as we know it will crumble. This film is a powerful one that will change your view of the black and yellow striped insect forever.

(Image: via Bill Cunningham New York/Zeitgeist Films)

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Liz is a writer and filmmaker from Minneapolis. She was nominated for a Webby and won an Emmy for Science of Watchmen, a documentary short about the physics in the comic book movie. She’s a tech obsessive, verified nerd and total Anglophile.

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