I completely disagree about the Lawrence of Arabia cut. Just because it's a match cut (ha!) you think it's an unmotivated gimmick?
It may not be one of the top 10 edits in cinema history, but think about this: Lawrence does the match trick. In another scene, another character tries it, and cries out in pain when he is burned. "It hurts!" he says. Lawrence tells him that the trick is to not *mind* that it hurts.
This is symbolic of not only his character, but a foreshadowing for the rest of the film.
When the edit cuts from the match to the burning landscape, we are shown that Lawrence's trick to mastering the metaphorical fires of the desert empire is not minding that it hurts. Approaching his adventures with that mind, he is able to hold the desert sun in the palm of his hand. And the whole kingdom chants his name.