It sometimes seems to me the safest place to be in a movie is being alone with another person and having a gun pointed at you. Usually, there will be some sort of dialogue and exposition but I don’t seem to recall many instances in which the scene ends up with the person being shot.
Sure, people are shot a lot when they’re surprised by a gun or a shot comes out completely from left field but not when they know a gun is being pointed at them.
One of my favorite scenes in Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang is when the habitual loser played by Robert Downey, Jr. is holding a gun on a hired killer whom he’s just seen murder a girl. Killer starts in with the, “You don’t have the guts to shoot a man,” speech, but doesn’t get more than a few words into it before Downey emptys the gun into him.
Perry: What did you just do?
Harry: I just put in one bullet, didn’t I?
Perry: You put a live round in that gun?
Harry: Well yeah, there was like an eight percent chance.
Perry: Eight? Who taught you math!
Batman (the Tim Burton one) has several people shot after a gun is ostentatiously pointed at them, most notably Bruce wayne’s parents, and Bruce Wayne himself. Serpico begins with the titular Serpico getting shot (just as in real life)
Yellow, the HBO movie with Kirk Douglas and his son Eric, where Eric is on the receiving end of a firing squad.
And these are just cases where a major character gets shot after being at the barrel of the gun for a long time.
Near the end of Saving Private Ryan. The cowardly American soldier who’s not fighting ends up having a small group of nazis surrender at gunpoint. The groups leader recognizes the American as the coward, smiles, and says something in german to the others, and “POW” the American shoots him dead.