The movies aren't as accessible as the Stand Alone Complex series, but if you're going to watch them, then I'd suggest watching them in order. The plot takes a backseat to the larger issues it tries to tackle (especially in part 1), so people looking for a good character-driven story won't exactly be pleased. You're also thrown head-first into a futuristic world where if you're disinterested in the technology or politics (or both) of said world, you'd be better off watching Naruto or some newer incarnation of Dragonball.
Seeing Innocence (the second one) is a bit jarring due to the leap in visual quality, but you'll get the whole story by watching 1, then 2.
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