The fourth book, which I'm reading now, has zero Daenerys chapters--she's barely even mentioned by other characters--and POV chapters from a number of side characters, some of which didn't even appear on the show, like Victarion Greyjoy. Unfortunately, I'm not finding the stuff that didn't make it onto the show very good and some of it seems like GRRM cleaning out the closet to pad out his books. And Dany's storyline was repetitive on the show, an often one-note performance arriving, conquering, or sitting around waiting for the dragons to be whipped out on somebody.
The Arya storyline (pre Faceless Man) was partially bearable on the show because Rory McCann was so funny as the douchey Sandor Clegane; that tone isn't captured as well in the books, at one point GRRM writes that "it seemed like Arya had taken forever to get to Riverrun and was still getting there" or something like that, which sounds like GRRM himself admitting "gee, this plotline isn't that good." Bran's storyline is even worse, really. Since I was often disillusioned with this stuff on the show anyway, that's really not good for the books.
Jamie - The show struggled with this character (not Nikolaj Costa Gavras' fault or whatever his name is) and for pretty much just the reasons you mentioned. I think a lot of it has to do with the fawning he receives from the female part of the show's audience. The most memorable part of his storyline (the adventure with Brienne) was over with long before the show.)
Here, here's an artist's rendition of what I EXPECTED the Jamie character to be--like he'd be better if he was even cockier:
Oh, I've definitely looked through the 80s BP winners, and every time I get the line from True Romance, "all those people do is make geriatric dog crap based on unreadable books!" I haven't seen Out Of Africa but NOBODY talks about it nowadays. The Dresser has got to be another good example. The Mission?
I think the best examples of this from post-2000 are George Clooney's Oscar stuff, like Michael Clayton or Good Night Good Luck, but then I remembered that expanding the BP field past five nominees meant that Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close got nominated despite having like a 37 on Metacritic.
Highlander - Connery used his usual accent in every performance--Clint Eastwood probably had greater vocal range. He played a Chicago cop (Untouchables) and a Southern gentleman (Marnie) with that accent!
As for the film, isn't its continued popularity due to a combination of Totally 80s MTV Nostalgia and the weird merchandising stuff that popped up around the franchise? The second movie is supposed to be a hilarious trainwreck of bulls***. I've never watched it but the poster for the movie is a laugh riot.
I think Lambert was cast because let's face it, the guy looks more like a Neanderthal than anyone I could name barring possibly Thomas Haden Church or Mani from the Stone Roses.
NP: The Cars - "I'm In Touch With Your World"