From 1981 to 1982 Glawogger studied at the San Francisco Art Institute, and from 1983 to 1989 at the Vienna Film Academy. Like fellow Austrian director Ulrich Seidl, with whom he collaborated several times, he was mainly known for his documentary films, such as Megacities (1998), Workingman's Death (2005) and Whores' Glory (2011). In 2008 he was a member of the jury at the 30th Moscow International Film Festival.
In 2013, Glawogger contributed one chapter to "Cathedrals of Culture", a 3-D film on architecture produced by Wim Wenders. In February 2015, a book of stories entitled 69 Hotel Zimmer was released. The stories used hotel rooms Glawogger had visited (or in some cases only heard about in passing) as a departure for stories that reflect the visual richness for which his films are celebrated.
- 1989 – War in Vienna (Krieg in Wien; documentary)
- 1995 – Ant Street (Die Ameisenstraße)
- 1996 – Movies in the Mind (Kino im Kopf; documentary)
- 1998 – Megacities (documentary)
- 2000 – France, Here We Come! (Frankreich, wir kommen; documentary)
- 2002 – State of the Nation: Austria in Six Chapters (documentary)
- 2004 – Slugs (Nacktschnecken)
- 2005 – Workingman's Death (documentary)
- 2006 – Slumming
- 2009 – Kill Daddy Good Night (Das Vaterspiel)
- 2009 – Contact High
- 2011 – Whores' Glory (documentary)
- 2011 – 60 Seconds of Solitude in Year Zero (documentary)
- 2017 - Untitled (documentary, posthumously realized and edited by Monika Willi)
- Rapold, Nicolas (13 April 2012). "A World of Troubled Beauty". The New York Times. Retrieved 25 July 2012.
- "30th Moscow International Film Festival (2008)". MIFF. Archived from the original on 21 April 2013. Retrieved 1 June 2013.
- Glawogger-Tod: Ursprünglich Typhus-Diagnose (engl.: Glawogger´s death: First diagnosis was Typhus), orf.at, 2014-04-24
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